Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: North Ridgeville, Ohio
Okay, I'm still working on this. I used some steel epoxy to really tighten up one place where there was a bit of slop and it's worked beautifully. I'm down to 1/8", perhaps 3/16" of play left. After a few minutes of looking around, I found that the last place where the steering linkage is "loose" is that u-joint under the dash. The bolts are tight, the joint itself has a tiny bit of play. Jiggle the wheel in this dead zone and the shaft turns ahead of and including the first section of that u-joint, the rest of the shaft doesn't budge. Once I get out of that dead zone, everything from there on to the rack and pinion is nice and solid.
Do you think it's possible to take it off and use a small amount of that steel epoxy I was using to build up the gap and get rid of that dead zone? It's the last culprit to get rid of and it's killing me.
Or, can I pick up a new one of these for cheap somewhere?
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