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Old 07-12-2014, 10:31 AM   #1
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Steering Free Play

Does anyone know if my '07 Inspire would have an adjustment for free play in the steering box? I've got about 30 degrees of free play.
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First thing would be to check that there are no worn parts attaching the box to the rest of the steering linkage. Next would be to check the box and see if there are any brand names visible. If nothing visible maybe posting a picture of the box will get some replies.
Any info you have on the chassis, manufacturer ? would also help.
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I agree with skip. That much freeplay might mean worn front end parts. If you have something like worn tie rod ends that could be dangerous if they break. (think no steering)

You could get under your coach look at the steering box. Have a helper turn the wheel when you tell them to. See if the arm coming out of the steering box starts moving when they start turning the wheel. If their is a delay before it starts moving then problem is in steering gear box. If it starts moving immediately then problem is in the front end components that actually move the front tires.
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Sorry,I wasn't asking how to diagnose worn steering components. The question was: does anymore know if an '07 Inspire has an adjustment on the steering box for free play?
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My Monaco has a TRW box. Look here:

TRW Commercial Steering Systems : Steering Gear Sector Shaft Adjustment Procedure - YouTube
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Sorry,I wasn't asking how to diagnose worn steering components. The question was: does anymore know if an '07 Inspire has an adjustment on the steering box for free play?
sorry my answer was not what you were looking for. I do not know if it has one
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Does anyone know if my '07 Inspire would have an adjustment for free play in the steering box? I've got about 30 degrees of free play.
You need to check which brand of steering box you have.

Sheppard...NON adjustable and they are "free play" known and prone.
TRW...adjustable..watch the Video.

Check the steering wheel movement vs the pitman arm that comes off the steering box, that will tell you steering box play and eliminate the linkage from your equation.
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