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Old 10-31-2015, 08:36 PM   #1
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Excessive Steering Play

My 2004 MDTS with 93,000 miles seems to have excessive play in the steering.
I had this checked at 75,000 miles and the shop said all the front end joints were ok, or didn't need replacement.

I would like to get others experience with this. Have other Alpine owners needed to replace front joints? If so, at what mileage and did it reduce the play in the steering?

Dan, MJ and Tucker Dobbins
2004 Alpine 40 MDTS
2013 Honda CRV
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Old 11-01-2015, 07:56 AM   #2
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First thing is to determine exactly which component has the play.

This is easily and safely done with two people.

With engine off, coach at ride height (just to give you an easier view of the components-- you do not need to crawl under to see any of this, but a good flashlight helps) have one person turn the steering wheel back and forth through an ever increasing arc until you just start to see movement in the right steering knuckle. Look for play in that tie rod end (i.e. more movement in the tie rod than in the steering knuckle). Move over to the left side and check left tie rod end to left steering knuckle for play. Check drag link to left steering knuckle and then drag link to steering box.

This sounds more complicated than it is-- basically, you are looking for any play in any of the joints. If everything is OK, the component on the "far side" from the steering box will move exactly as much as the component on the steering box side.

After you have checked this, the next issue is the steering column U joints.

Only other component is the steering box itself. What brand and model do you have. Some are externally adjustable, many are not. As an example, a Sheppard M100 has no external adjustments and can only be tightened by "blueprinting".

2003 Alpine FDDS
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