1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, 1991 Brougham Extremely Loose Steering in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; I am trying to troubleshoot a loose steering issue on my 1991 Fleetwood Brougham. There is an excessive amount of ...
- 10-19-11 02:16 PM #1Cadillac Owners Member
- Automobile(s): 1991 Brougham
- Join Date
- Aug 2010
1991 Brougham Extremely Loose Steering
I am trying to troubleshoot a loose steering issue on my 1991 Fleetwood Brougham. There is an excessive amount of "slop" while driving- I can turn the wheel an inch or so in either direction without having any significant effect on the steering. It makes for some interesting experiences during high speed higway driving, especially on curves.
I rebuilt the front end last summer, so there are no issues on front end wear, and the alignment seems correct- the car will track straight and not pull to either side.
There seems to be a lot of looseness between the intermediate shaft and where it attaches to the steering box. I have been looking at other posts on the forum and they mention a set screw adjustment on the steering box, as well as the possibility of a worn out "rag joint."
I am pretty sure the steering box is the original 1991 unit. Will replacing the box resolve this issue? Also, what would be the procedure to replace the rag joint?
I had a "chain" auto shop look at the problem a couple of weeks ago and all they could come up with was to check and repack the wheel bearings and have another alignment done. They seemed to think everything was "tight" with the steering box, but I am skeptical of their diagnosis due to the fact that the intermediate shaft attachment to the box is so sloppy you can rotate it back and forth without impacting steering.
Hopefully someone can point me in the right direction. I love the car, but it is becoming borderline dangerous at high speeds. Any help would be appreciated.
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- 10-19-11 09:14 PM #2
Re: 1991 Brougham Extremely Loose Steering
The "rag joint" is connected to the shaft up close to the firewall. Fairly straight forward job to replace if worn. adjusting the screw on the box would not help with this much play. go to an alignment shop and show them the play on the shaft, should be easy to diagnose.
- 10-19-11 11:53 PM #3Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
- Automobile(s): 84 Coupe w/500
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- Jan 2008
I don't think you should be able to move the joint by hand so it probably needs to go. Your box probably has play in it from normal wear but a new joint should tighten up the steering.