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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old May 11th, 09, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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Steering Problem

Hey Guys,

Got a 69 Camaro 350sb the steering wheel turns fine all the way to the right, but when I go to turn it to the left she stops about 1/4 way into the turn.
When the car is running the power steering pump works fine.
Just can't get a whole turn to the left.
any ideas.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old May 11th, 09, 05:51 PM
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Re: Steering Problem

First off, look underneath while someone turns the wheel and see if any of the steering components are hitting something (like a header).

My other main thought is that the Pitman arm on the steering box may have been incorrectly installed onto the steering box. I can't recall if all Pitman arms are indexed, but I seem to remember some in the old days that were not indexed, thus you could install them off-center.

You could try this (assuming nothing is actually hitting the steering linkage underneath) - take Pitman arm off, then rotate steering wheel all the way to right and then back to left, counting turns from right full lock to left full lock. Divide by two, then hold steering wheel (turn ign key off, wheel will lock) in that position. In other words, if you had three full turns from lock to lock, then you would rotate wheel 1.5 turns from either lock and hold it in that position.

Then, with front wheels pointing as straight as possible, re-install Pitman arm securely to steering box. That should get you pretty close. You could then have it aligned by shop to get perfect setup.

Hope this helps.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old May 11th, 09, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Steering Problem

Thanks dude... it might be the Pitman arm. didn't see anything hitting, but I'll look closer with a little help.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old May 11th, 09, 08:02 PM
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Re: Steering Problem

I don't recall if my 68 is pitman arm indexed or not (been a long time). I do remember turning the wheel lock to lock with the pitman arm removed and then finding the center before installing the pitman arm.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old May 11th, 09, 09:14 PM
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Re: Steering Problem

I have a brand new pitman sitting on the back seat...they are indexed

BUT from memory, the orginal ..which is on at the moment is not???
When putting it all together the box must be centered
the wheels dead straight ahead
The steering wheel centered
indexed or not all goes together in these positions
THEN the wheel alignment done....
If not you can end up with the turning issue as above AND the indicators dont work..turn on off as they should.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old May 12th, 09, 06:23 AM
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Re: Steering Problem

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I have a brand new pitman sitting on the back seat...they are indexed....
When putting it all together the box must be centered
the wheels dead straight ahead
The steering wheel centered
indexed or not all goes together in these positions...

Well, if his Pitman arm is correctly indexed, then you cannot end up with his problem by simply replacing a steering box. The very worst problem you might end up with is - the steering wheel would be off-kilter when wheels are straight.

I still say his problem is due to one of these issues:
1) something is contacting a steering component
2) Pitman arm is not installed (indexed) correctly

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old May 12th, 09, 02:38 PM
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Re: Steering Problem

Note, the pitman arm can be installed off center even if it it has indexed...the torque required to tighten , if off , will still pull up, creating 'new' splines
A friend had issues on a holden (Aussie GM) some yrs ago, very similar setup.

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