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Old 08-27-2002, 12:38 PM
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Thinking about a Steering Box

Hello all, I've been doing some thinking and I think I may need a steering box. My car drive good, but the steering is loose, my mechanic has adjusted it time and time again but it get worse. But the crux of the matter, my wheel has to be turned 15 degrees right to keep her straight. Will a steering box do the trick? And yes, my car has been aligned.... Thanks.
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Old 08-27-2002, 09:20 PM
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Maybe you could replace the steering damper and rebuild the idler arm. Both are inexpensive and if they are original, there's a good chance of them being shot on a car of this age.

Is the play in the steering box itself, or in the column?
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Old 08-27-2002, 09:38 PM
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Column or box, hmmmm good question. The car is harder to drive well than it ever has been. I will have to look in to the aformentiond. Maybe they sell re-conditioned boxes? I know Porsche has a factory "re=conditioned" program. Wonder if Benz does this, or do I have to buy the good old blue and white box? Hmmm....
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Old 08-27-2002, 11:03 PM
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Yes, you can buy rebuilt steering boxes....they're rediculous expensive new anyway.

I changed my idler arm and steering dampner at the same time. It didn't totally fix my loose sterring but it DEFINITELY tightened it up some......easy and cheap to do!

....now if I can only figure out what the clunking noise is in the front left corner
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Old 08-28-2002, 10:28 AM
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Bet that cluncking noise in the front left corner is a worn A-arm. I had both mine replaced at about 110,000. Fixed the clunking noises....
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Old 08-28-2002, 11:09 AM
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Randall, you mentioned that you have to keep the wheel cocked to drive straight....does this mean that the car is pulling to one direction or simply that the steering wheel is just not aligned correctly? two totally different matters

As for my clunking....
what type of sound behavior did yours exhibit?
On mine, small rough surfaces (gravel road) make the clunking go nuts....large bumps, potholes, etc don't cause the sound. It's like something is loose and small rough surfaces cause something to move around making the noise.
I've already done tie rods, drag link, lower ball joints, shocks, idler arm, steering dampner....no change in the noise tho.

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Old 08-28-2002, 01:27 PM
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I do have to keep the wheel cocked, its really on the highway, its not the alignment, its the box according to my mechanic. The box is really loose too.

As far as the noise, my car made clunking noises coming to a stop, bumps, etc. It sounded like a loose brake shoe, but in fact it was a bad A-Arm. These things have bushings in them that lose tolerance with time. Good luck!
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Old 08-28-2002, 03:47 PM
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Hmmm...well, control arm bushings are one of the few things I haven't gotten to.....yet.
gonna have to take another look at them.
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