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Old 11-23-2020, 11:46 AM   #1
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2003 P 32 steering drift

I have read many posts about loose steering and drift. At highway speeds the coach is a little scary.
Started by replacing air bags in front, they were MIA. Now all shocks and steering stabilizer. (monroe brand)

What is the next logical move?
Runs fantastic, just afraid to go over 60 MPH.

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Old 11-23-2020, 01:47 PM   #2
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What pressure are your tires set to?
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Old 11-23-2020, 01:54 PM   #3
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Check both BELL CRANKS for play. Have someone turn the steering wheel back and forth through the play in it (engine OFF) while you look for play. Requires no tools.

There are improved (bearings, not bushings) versions:
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Old 11-23-2020, 02:03 PM   #4
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the wheels could be towed in.
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Old 11-23-2020, 02:10 PM   #5
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the wheels could be towed in.

You want them to be toed-in.

Toed-out leads to wander.
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Old 11-23-2020, 03:13 PM   #6
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2x on the Bell Cranks. The P chassis was notorious for the Bell Cranks wearing. The factory ones are just sleeve bushings and the one on the driver's side takes all the load and wears first. I replaced mine with SuperSteer: https://supersteerparts.com/products...7-chassis.html

I Changed mine myself, but they can be a bit of a bear to break the arms loose from the old ones. Even with a puller and pickle fork I needed some heat from a propane torch to get one to let go. Keep yourself clear when removing them because they can let go suddenly. The rest of the job is unbolting and bolting in the new ones. As Brett suggested a good way to do a visual evaluation of the steering components, have a helper work the steering wheel back and forth and watch for play. Steering box may be a little worn too. You can adjust out some of the play but be careful not to over tighten the adjuster or you'll just wear it out faster and too much of a preload cause binding and prevent it from returning to center.
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What pressure are your tires set to?

I'd also be asking if you have your loaded for travel axle weights, to compare to the chassis' & tires' ratings ; because if you're overloaded, chassis or tires , you could be
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