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RE: [T3] Loose Steering

Thanks for all the info. I'll check it this weekend.

-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Hall [mailto:dave@hallvw.clara.co.uk] 
Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2005 4:56 AM
To: type3@vwtype3.org
Subject: Re: [T3] Loose Steering

Could be the rubber pad joining the shaft and the box - replace it if
it's cracked, but note how the wiring connects across it or the horn may
not work again.

Could be the end play on the worm shaft in the box - that's the big
locking nut to undo then the big socket screw to tighten to take up the
slack - don't overtighten, and follow the Bentley or Haynes instructions
to check the steering.

Could be sideways play - there's an adjusting screw and locknut on top
of the box.  Don't make it too tight though or you damage things.  Could
be the top cover that's actually loose - check that.

Could be the track-rod ends (tie-rod ends).  Check for play when the
steering is turned.

Could be wheel bearings - pull and push top of wheel towards and away
from you to check.

Could be upper torsion arms not held in place by the stabiliser bar
linking them.  Big movement and clunking when pulling top of wheel.  Ask
for help here if it's that, as it's a fairly long explanation.

As Jim says, it could be a lot of things, but it's not usually a dead
steering box.

UK VW Type 3 & 4 Club
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim Adney" <jadney@vwtype3.org>
To: <type3@vwtype3.org>
Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2005 6:21 PM
Subject: Re: [T3] Loose Steering

> On 2 Feb 2005 at 11:46, Iturzaeta , Joseph wrote:
> > The steering on my '71 is really loose. How can I tighten it up?
> You have to start by getting under the car and figuring out exactly 
> where the looseness occurs. There are many possibilities. Once you 
> know which part(s) have play in them, you'll know what to do about it.
> --
> Jim Adney
> jadney@vwtype3.org
> Madison, WI 53711-3054

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