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sticky steering ???? (Read 2656 times)
Jun 10th, 2015 at 11:07am

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after working most of the winter on my 68,it is finally roadworthy,however when driving i find that the steering does not want to return to center,in other words if you turn left ,the steering will remain there not wanting to return to center without input.The car had sat for a few years when I bought it so I went over it and lubed the frontend,replaced the idler arm and topped up the steering box(which was very low).The car is a 68 small block with power steering.
Any ideas??
 
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Reply #1 - Jun 10th, 2015 at 12:03pm

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The more caster you put into your suspension, the more the car will want to return to center after a turn. It will also put more resistance in your steering wheel. Sounds like you need an addjustment in the front. But first  I would do a complete inspection of the front suspension. No need in throwing $$ away to get it adjusted and then find out the front is not able to hold the settings. Mine felt fine, then I took a look and found out there were no rubber bushings on my front upper a-arms. I remember thinking to myself how could it drive well and be worn-out? Best of luck Cheesy and take your time. Bad things seem to happen when your rush Undecided don't ask me how I know this..LOL
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Reply #2 - Jun 10th, 2015 at 9:47pm

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you may want to try a Power steering fluid additive I like Lucas' power steering leak stop and conditioner it works very well could be a restriction in the actuator by gummed up fluid this is the cheapest and easiest way to trey first before tearing into replacing parts. just a thought.
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Reply #3 - Jun 11th, 2015 at 4:04am

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Sound like a alignment problem to me...toe in will also cause this...these cars are real touchy, but once you get it right you'll be pleased.
Alan
 
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Reply #4 - Jun 11th, 2015 at 5:49am

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This Topic was moved here from All C3s General Discussion by Knotacare.
 
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Reply #5 - Jun 11th, 2015 at 3:16pm

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thanks for the input,i haven,t gotten as far as an alignment shop but today had the front end off the ground and noticed a separating t.a. radial so must deal with that before I go any further.so much for roadworthy!
If it turns out to be only alignment I would be happy but I,m sure they will probably find other issues, being 47 years old!Anyway,definitely don,t want to cut corners when it comes to steering!
 
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Reply #6 - Jun 12th, 2015 at 5:26am

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Did you by any chance adjust the bolt on top of the sector box?  If the sector shaft is too tight then this will definitely cause problems.
 

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