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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Oct 23rd, 10, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Steering wheel wont turn right

Ok i had this problem for awhile now just now want to see why I have a 79 camaro wont turn left all the way like it should.I was thinking mabe the tie rod ends or maybe the gear box.Any ideas
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Re: Steering wheel wont turn right

Give the guys a bit of background
What have you been doing with the steering/suspension..
otherwise someone will suggest that you move away from the curb the front wheel is up against lol

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Re: Steering wheel wont turn right

Really have not done anything to it.been driving like that have to have really wide left turns lol.but since my wife will be driving it now needs to be fix any ideas
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Re: Steering wheel wont turn right

Assuming chassis is straight, steering arms etc are all in good condition and striaght
Pull the steering wheel cover, line up the dots in the end of the shaft...check steering wheel is stright
disconnect the rag joint...line up the steering box, and check the pitman arm was put on in the right position

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steering wheel cover? line dots?
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Re: Steering wheel wont turn right

As mentioned above, take a good look at your steering and suspension components to make sure that they aren't bent, damaged, etc. Are both of your tie rods about the same length? Or is one longer than the other?

If they look O.K. it is possible that the steering gear is not centered and that is why you have more travel one direction than the other.

Do your turn signals cancel from right and left turns at about the same amounts of steering wheel rotation?

The following paper takes you through the steering system centering procedure for your F-car.
http://jimshea.corvettefaq.com/wp-co...ev28jl2009.pdf

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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old Oct 24th, 10, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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ok thanks i will try this out.
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old Oct 24th, 10, 09:52 PM
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The question about indicators working and returning right is very important
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steering wheel cover? line dots?
on the top end of the steering wheel shaft is a stamped dot this is set in the up possition and the steering wheel should be straight
If not the steering wheel not be on the splines correctly (the splines do have 'blank spot to line up)..If incorrect the indiactors will not turn on /off corectly.
The pitman arm...the big arm to the steering componets should be facing dead straight ahead...and so will the wheels
If not the pitman arm may not be installed and lined up on the splines correctly...again there is a blank section in the splines

If both are correct but not corect at the same time, then the rag joint may have the incorect bolts and not be lined up correctly

Once, and only then, all the above is correct THEN the toe in can be set with the steering wheel LOCKED in the central position...unlike most modern cars the steering wheel CAN NOT be centered after the wheel alignment.

If all that checks out, you have something weird happening....like bent /damged parts, or different length steering mounts on each wheel (where the end of the tie rod ball bolts to)
You can have different length idler arm and pitman arm..thats ok....but must also point directlt forward.

Check all that exactly as said , then tell us what u have.

These are the 2 critical things...I

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Re: Steering wheel wont turn right

If the pitman arm is off you will get some really weird turning circles. Really wide one way and really short the other. If the idler is the wrong length it will affect it too. Not sure if the pitman and idler are the same length or not. Seems like they should be.
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old Oct 25th, 10, 12:30 PM
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If the idler is the wrong length it will affect it too.
Nope, incorrect.
I know this because I had to replace my pitman a while back and could not locate one the same diam hole and length in NZ
I posted here aboiut it, and our Suspension Guru ( John) stepped in...took his advice, if there was/is difference its so damn small one cant tell it exists.

I know the front steering system back to front because of hands on experiance right down to replacing the nylon pin in the steering cloumn shaft and the order to tighten the steering column clamps and floor brakets... and the rage joint bolts are matched to the holes.

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Re: Steering wheel wont turn right

I had a similar problem with a '77 nova many years ago. Itf it is power steering, your steering box may have gone bad...

When it happened to me, I could not turn left....thankfully I lived in a city (with city blocks--three rights make a left LOL)!!!

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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old Dec 7th, 10, 07:43 PM
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stearing gear box, loosen the worm gear/nut a little. if it frees up the wheel, time to replace the stearing gear box. power or manual. same test.
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Re: Steering wheel wont turn right

This Thread may be of Help: https://www.camaros.net/forums/showthread.php?t=167017

Pay attention to this factor:
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The Intermediate Shaft positions Vertically with the Head of the Rag Coupler Collar Pin Bolt facing Upwards when the Steering Wheel and Worm Gear are centered

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