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2002 2500hd play in steering

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by 00bluegtp, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. 00bluegtp

    00bluegtp Member
    Messages: 71

    I noticed some play in my steering today mainly when im sitting with the truck not running. think this could be the pitman arm? play meaning i can turn the steering wheel back and forth a decent amount without turning the tires at all. or is this normal?
     
  2. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Check the steering column shaft in the engine bay.
     
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Ditto. The U-joint or knuckle in the shaft is starting to wear on my 01 C3500 and I'm getting a bit of play. Nothing compared to yours.

    If that isn't the problem, then you'll need to get under the truck and have someone move the steering. Look at all the joints and and you'll see to one that is bad. More than likely it's either the pitman arm, or any other joint connecting the two tires together.

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  4. campkd6

    campkd6 Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    or the idler arm on the passenger side. chevys are notorious for them wearing out.
     
  5. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,526

    What he said is correct.:mechanic:
     
  6. hosenfeffer

    hosenfeffer Senior Member
    from nh
    Messages: 124

    just did the pitman and idler arm support kit from Cognito a little pricey but front end feels really good now. With a fresh professional alignment and a custom toe spec drives really nice now.
     
  7. BlizzardBeater

    BlizzardBeater Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 420

    Custom toe spec?
     
  8. chevyzrule810

    chevyzrule810 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,239

    I'm going with a steering shaft.Idler arm has a grease fitting that you should be checking every time you change the oil or check it once a month like I do.While your under there grease your inner and outer tie rods and upper ball joints.You'll notice a difference with grease in there.
     
  9. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    If you notice a difference in steering play with grease, time for some new parts....
     
  10. chevyzrule810

    chevyzrule810 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,239

    Not the steering.I'm saying after I grease all the fittings on the truck it feels like it rides better,maybe I'm making myself think it rides better after putting grease in.Let us know what you find out.
     
  11. cjoverma

    cjoverma Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    I just did the platinum kit from nor cal trucks. Also got the idler pivot assemby and new torsion keys, love it. Took all play out of from end and drives fantastic now
     
  12. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,526

    Torsion keys biggest waste of money ive ever seen.
     
  13. BlizzardBeater

    BlizzardBeater Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 420

    Im also not a big fan of torsion keys.
     
  14. the new boss 92

    the new boss 92 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,989

    just turn up the t bars and call it a day!
     
  15. joshg

    joshg Senior Member
    from VT
    Messages: 141

    Pittman and idler on my rig just replaced, didn't realize i had much steering slop until the work was done. Feels much tighter now.
     
  16. BlizzardBeater

    BlizzardBeater Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 420

    That's usually the case. It wears out slowly over time and therefore you dont realise the change in characteristics until it's really bad. Once repairs are made, people are usually amazed at their "new truck" again lol. Same holds true for a set of good new tires and alignment.