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Old 08-20-2007, 02:49 PM   #1
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While I was backing into a camping spot. I turned the sterring wheel all of the way to the right. I heared a clunkling noise. When I left the campground I noticed that the steering wheel was now not straight. The coach is a '99 American Eagle. This problem bothers me as I have another 600 miles to go to get home. Do I have a problem and have something that I should worry about or wait untill I get home and take care of it there.
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Old 08-20-2007, 02:49 PM   #2
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While I was backing into a camping spot. I turned the sterring wheel all of the way to the right. I heared a clunkling noise. When I left the campground I noticed that the steering wheel was now not straight. The coach is a '99 American Eagle. This problem bothers me as I have another 600 miles to go to get home. Do I have a problem and have something that I should worry about or wait untill I get home and take care of it there.
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Old 08-20-2007, 03:48 PM   #3
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I would have it looked at at least. If you bent the tie rod your front tires won't last long. Good Luck!
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You might have a loose tie rod end or a bad ball joint. At the very minimum, slide under it and grab the tie rod with both hands and see if there is any play or slop in it. Be safe!
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Another possibility is that your steering shaft splined coupling is loose and jumped a notch or two on the steering gearbox input shaft. There's a bolt-through clamp that holds it tight. If it's loose enough to jump it could come off and you won't be steering anything.

I wouldn't drive it until I looked underneath and checked that coupling out. It may be simple enough that you can just retighten the bolt for now if that's the case.
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