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I have way to much steering wheel play

I have a 99 T-2000 with to much play in it. I constantly have to be correcting because of the slack in the steering wheel.

What is the problem? Does anyone know cost of repair?

I spoke to an authorized Freightline shop who did some work on the front end, kinpin, & a few other things. I told him people where saying to adjust the steering box screw adjustment. He said if he did that the steering box would ware out even quicker. Is he right on this?

How much is a steering gear box? And how much is the work? They already took out my steering column once to do some work. It seems like they should have caught the problem back then?

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Couple different things. Jack the front axle completely off the ground, have the steering wheel secured by somebody, and move the steering components left and right. Note what is loose, replace the worn items, and re-aling the front end.

The gearbox may have play also. If nothing is loose on the front end, watch the pitman arm (big steel arm connected to the gearbox on left frame-rail) movement, versus the steering shaft movement.

Have you had the front end serviced lately?

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If you don't have any excessive wear in the front end(tie rods,drag link or pitman arm) and the slack in in the steering box there is usually a adjustment bolt on the back side of the box usually between the box and the frame. It has a lock nut with a adjuster bolt that has a screwdriver slot in it. With the truck NOT running break the lock not loose and back off several threads take a stubby screw driver and screw adjuster bolt in till it touches then back it off just a smidge to allow for some play. If this is the problem you might get one to two turns on this adjuster before it stops just don't screw it in tight just till it touches. This adjuster might be between the box and the frame but usually the truck manufacturer will drill a hole in the frame where it can be adjusted.''italic text''

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You may want to take it in to a Kenworth dealer and have them inspect the whole system. This issue sounds like a worn gear box, or it may mean the front end needs service. The gear box may simply need adjustment or it may need to be replaced- that's why a through inspection is critical.

If KW can't fix the issue, check with your nearest MD Alignment shop- they should be able to help.

Make sure to inspect and service the front end regularly once this is fixed, so it doesn't happen again.

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I believe the steering box sounds like your problem if you have a lot of slack. I've adjusted the nut on the back side of the steering box on my old 362 Pete cabover and have never had anymore problems with it. Do like Blackwood said and screw it in and back it off. You will be able to turn it in several turns if this is the problem.

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if your front end is fine......check the steering shaft u-joints for play .... also with the engine off grab the steering shaft and wist it back and forth real fast if you hear or feel a rattle towards the steering wheel then you have a problem in the colum hope this helps

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I had this prob twice.very easy to check with truck running take your right hand and grab the steering shaft that goes from your fire wall area to the steering box and twist your right hand moving the shaft clockwise-counter clockwise back and forth.watch the gear on the side of your steering box where the big arm attaches.this is the pitman arm there is a big bolt and lock nut there which keeps the pitman arm tight to the steering box.if you notice while moving the steering shaft the gear on box is moving before the pitman arm.thT means your nut is loose usually the bolt is stripped either replace nut and bolt or tighten it and put another lock nut on to keep it tight.Btw while checking this the movement is very slight but it shouldnt move at all.

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I can move staff steering wheel moving not tight need to replace steering staff that's where the play is worn-out thank you I thought it shouldn't move and be to tighter not wigglie.

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a steering gear box cost me $450 6-7 years ago. do what jeff szarley said, except you can maybe do alone by connecting a ratchet strap to the steering wheel and to somewhere else in the truck, such as a spotlight. if nothing has ever been done to steering components, chances are good tie rod ends ($45 each) will need changing. this a cheap, but critical fix.

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It could be many different things. Like everyone else has suggested when Jacking it up best place to start is to see if any movement in the steer tires themselves if you can toe them in and out. Could be bad Kingpins in front end. I just ran into that issue after I had tires rotated n had a lil play in my steering. Had alignment done and it cupped my driver side steer tire on outside edge. Got it back to repair shop after bout 5000 miles and they checked kingpins. They said they were tight initially, but so far no more wear on steer tire, steering is tightened up. If it is a truck with the new Hendrick front end then there is no way of adjusting that. If it does you need to get it into a frame shop or dealer on that one.

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