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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-19-2015, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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Tightening steering?

Is there anyway to tighten the steering up? I've been driving my 2003 Honda for a while since it's been raining a lot up here in the Northwest and then just recently started driving my 67 Impala again and I just realized how wobbly and loose the steering is. It never bothered me before but now it has been, especially when I speed up.

So is there anyway to tighten it up? Does it require a new steering column or steering box?

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Aaron

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-20-2015, 01:24 AM
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-25-2015, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Dave! I'll read those.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-27-2015, 05:38 PM
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There are a LOT of other parts involved with the steering than just the sector and they ALL can contribute to loose, wandering steering. You need to check for any play in all the tie rods, idler arm, center link and pitman, if it has a swivel. The ball joints can add to the wandering, if loose, too.

The control arms have rubber bushings that tend to dry rot and fall out after all these years too. You need to check all of them.

Just throwing a new sector in without correcting any other issues will not get you were you want to be. Once you are sure everything is tight, then an upgraded sector will make a big improvement.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-05-2015, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Noted. My uncle who is a mechanic was telling me about that.

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