Steering play - options?
Cadillac
 

Cadillac Forums | Help Us Help You | Advertise | Cadillac Parts | Cadillac News | Cadillac Classifieds / (Old System)

Cadillac Technical Archive | Cadillac Dealers | Cadillac Reviews | Cadillac Dealer Reviews | Cadillac Vendors

CadillacForums.com is the premier Cadillac Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 7 of 7
The Classic Cadillac Forum Discussion, Steering play - options? in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; I have a slight play in my steering. Is there anything I can adjust to reduce or eliminate the play? ...
  1. #1
    70eldo's Avatar
    70eldo is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 1970 Eldorado.
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Dutchman in Germany
    Age
    39
    Posts
    3,849

    Question Steering play - options?

    I have a slight play in my steering. Is there anything I can adjust to reduce or eliminate the play? Or do I have to replace hardware?

    I checked the joints and they are OK. The play seems to be internally in the steering gear.

  2. Remove Advertisements
    CadillacForums.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    70eldo's Avatar
    70eldo is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 1970 Eldorado.
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Dutchman in Germany
    Age
    39
    Posts
    3,849

    Re: Steering play - options?

    Bump
    Noone ever fixed this?

  4. #3
    MoistCabbage's Avatar
    MoistCabbage is online now Cadillac Owners 10000+ Posts
    Automobile(s): Crimson 2001 Seville STS, 1990 Seville (RIP)
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    East Boston MA.
    Age
    26
    Posts
    20,827
    Not sure if your steering gear is adjustable. If not, it will need to be replaced.

  5. #4
    carnut is offline Cadillac Owners Master
    Automobile(s): 1988 Allante' (sold), 1984 Eldorado, 84 Sedan DeVille
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    california
    Age
    67
    Posts
    5,733

    Re: Steering play - options?

    Assuming the coupler is tight where the steering shaft meets the gear box, you will see a jamb nut and screw slot on a bolt at the top center of the box itself. Loosen the jamb nut and turn the screw a quarter turn clockwise and tighten jamb nut. If it feels the same, I would look at tie rods and idler arm for play.

  6. #5
    70eldo's Avatar
    70eldo is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 1970 Eldorado.
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Dutchman in Germany
    Age
    39
    Posts
    3,849

    Re: Steering play - options?

    Quote Originally Posted by carnut View Post
    Assuming the coupler is tight where the steering shaft meets the gear box, you will see a jamb nut and screw slot on a bolt at the top center of the box itself. Loosen the jamb nut and turn the screw a quarter turn clockwise and tighten jamb nut. If it feels the same, I would look at tie rods and idler arm for play.
    Thanks! I've seen this adjustment by that screw on a jeep and wasn't sure if it would be the same on the Cadillac. I will try this out and go from there. Tie rods and idler arms have been replaced a couple of years ago. I am sure I can see the steering 'axle' turn before the steering housing without resulting action within the play movement. That is why I presume the play is within the steering housing.

  7. #6
    carnut is offline Cadillac Owners Master
    Automobile(s): 1988 Allante' (sold), 1984 Eldorado, 84 Sedan DeVille
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    california
    Age
    67
    Posts
    5,733

    Re: Steering play - options?

    If you turn that screw too far, the steering wheel will not return to center once you turn the corner. Be careful!!!

  8. #7
    70eldo's Avatar
    70eldo is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 1970 Eldorado.
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Dutchman in Germany
    Age
    39
    Posts
    3,849

    Re: Steering play - options?

    Quote Originally Posted by carnut View Post
    If you turn that screw too far, the steering wheel will not return to center once you turn the corner. Be careful!!!
    OK, I will be carefull. ThnX!

Quick Reply Quick Reply

Register Now

Please enter the name by which you would like to log-in and be known on this site.
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.

Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Bookmarks

Cadillac Posting Rules

  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Read about Lincoln | Buick | Kia Forte Forum
Need products for your Cadillac? Check out your options at the links below:

custom floor mats | Cadillac Chrome and Black Chrome Wheels | window tinting