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Poor Steering

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by JTChevy, Oct 17, 2001.

  1. JTChevy

    JTChevy Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    Help! Help! I have a "77" Chevy 3/4 4x4. The problem I have with it is the play in the steering. I installed a rebuild steering gear and the play is still there. Is there an adjustment that I can make on the gear itself ( The locking nut on top ) that could tighten up the play. Thanks.
     
  2. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,011

    You shouldnt monkey with the Pitman shaft lash adjustment unless you have the gear sitting on a bench.

    My experience with GM products, loose steering=idler arm failure, check tie rod ends also.
     
  3. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    The most common steering item on your 77 to wear out is the drag link. It connects the Pitman arm to the Steering Arm. Cut the wheels all the way to the left. Look closely at the drag link. Have someone else bounce the steering wheel left to right, basically just moving it back and forth in the "play". You'll see right away if the drag link is bad. The Centerlink is far less common to wear out. If you see no play in the Drag Link, check the Centerlink. It has one Tierod end on it, and the other end is actually part of the Centerlink. That's all there is to check on a 77 4wd's steering.

    ~Chuck