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Old 05-21-2023, 01:02 PM   #1
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Steering Wheel Play

We have a 2017 35P and recently had the Safe-T-Plus installed and radius rods installed. Steering wheel still has lots of play. Does anyone know how to adjust it?
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Old 05-21-2023, 01:30 PM   #2
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So is it safe to say that you had this play in the steering wheel before installing the safe t steer and radius rods?
There are many points along the steering that can induce play in the steering.
Perhaps a bit more on the back ground of you excessive steering play??
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Old 05-21-2023, 04:05 PM   #3
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You need a top quality front end shop to diagnose why there is play. It's certainly not normal in a late model chassis.
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Old 05-28-2023, 03:56 PM   #4
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When I drove my RV home from Tucson, it felt like every component in the front end was loose.
Up on investigation, I found the toe-in was set to zero.
After setting the toe-in to +5/32", all the play in the steering wheel went away.
To the untrained, it make little since but it works.
Setting the toe-in with 2 straight pins and a tape measure, costs zero $.
So why not try it............

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Old 05-28-2023, 05:22 PM   #5
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Finding "play" in front end components is not rocket science. I place my thumb on one side of the joint and index finger on the other side. Let your assistant rotate the wheel back and forth slowly. If any play is felt when it changes direction, that joint is bad. Do all joints the same way.
Ball joints and king pins, the tire will have to be jacked up the tire wiggles back and forth.
Some of the steering boxes have a lash or slack adjusting screw. About the biggest issue with those are the possibility of getting it too tight. IF so, loosen off slightly.
I much rather prefer to know is exactly wrong before taking to a shop if I possibly can.
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