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Old 06-30-2010, 07:12 PM   #1
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1983 Winnie, Brave LOOSE Steering, Please Help!

hey all,

i'm new to the forum, i am just wondering some information on our 83' Brave. it's a new buy and with new buys come new problems. the steering is way loose when traveling down the road. i am told that their is a set screw located somewhere in the steering area but wasn't informed as to where it was..

i am just wondering if anyone would have any information on helping me get the play in the steering fixed and make it a bit tighter.

Thanks all,


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Old 06-30-2010, 07:48 PM   #2
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Hi Jon

On some of the older chassis there was a large cotter pin that could be removed on the linkage rod that runs from one side of the steering to the other or from one wheel to the other. At the end of the rod there was the cotter pin and buried in the grease and dirt there was a large slotted screw that could be adjusted to take up the slack.

This adjustment, if it is there is usually right where the pitman arm joins that linkage rod. The pitman arm is that sort of S shaped arm that comes from the steering box.

You may want to get some help and with the engine off, have someone move the steering wheel back and forth slowly while you watch to see what is NOT moving when it should be.

Loose steering could be many things, tie rods, idler arm, steering box, ball joints or king pins, or even a device called a rag joint.

My advise would be to do the rock and roll with the steering wheel first then make a decision if you can handle it or get the help of a pro.

Good luck!

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Originally Posted by idenphones View Post
Loose steering could be many things, tie rods, idler arm, steering box, ball joints or king pins, or even a device called a rag joint.

At the age of your RV it is highly likely that several of the original OEM steering components are worn out and need replacing which should get done by competent people *before* tweaking on the steering gear. Folow that up with other basic suspension and stering maintenance like lube and seals and brake caliper sliders etc... basically all the things needed to get a good four wheel alignment. THEN see how it steers and rides.

When the time comes for fine tuning it is a VERY slight adjustment.

Then there are the shocks and springs and tires and trac bars etc to consider too.
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i believe its a chevy am i correct if so as stated with someone inside moving wheel get under looking for play bet drivers side bell crank is gone they are pricy let us know you can rebuild them with gm parts if you have a good machine shop i replaced drivers side with i think super steer about $400 pass side i rebushed it and bored it to size (im a machinst) keek us informed also if its a chevy someone please post a link (i dont know how) to the p-32 site the older version started with toy hauler newer is usere-sisna
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