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Old 04-26-2013, 12:25 PM   #1
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I noticed a little play in my steering box. How much play is normal?
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I noticed a little play in my steering box. How much play is normal?
None, is normal.
Inner tie rod ends are probably worn.

What year car?
Is it rack and pinion?
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Its a 91 firebird. Not rack and pinion, it has a centerlink style. The only play i notice goes back to the steering box, everything else is tight.
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Its a 91 firebird. Not rack and pinion, it has a centerlink style. The only play i notice goes back to the steering box, everything else is tight.
You can probably have the preload adjusted to remove most of the play.
Best to have it done during an alignment, or by someone who'se done it before.
If you get it too tight the steering wheel is stiff to turn at dead center,
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Yep, i did some research online and found it. At the top of the box there is a hexhead w jam nut. I loosened the jam nut, while not turn the hexhead. I went 1/4 turn at a time with a test drive in between, the play is gone. I have to do a little more testing tomorrow but so far big improvement.
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No thank you. Always great to have someone to bunch ideas off of and get from...
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