lots of play in the steering from ise to side

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Asked by Oct 11, 2007 at 06:08 PM about the 1999 Chevrolet Suburban K1500 LT 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have had the front end re aligned today and brand new tires mounted and balanced today also..but the steering is very loose and I msut compensate it by turning the wheel slightly to keep the vehicle in the center. When the alignment was completed today the mechanic told me that the steering wheel as back on center again. He suggested that it was in the steering "box"??

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Unless you're experiencing serious steering issues like your steering wheel locks up or it jerks as you turn or your turning radius has suffered significantly, I would still say that you have a bad alignment. If you used a retail outlet and you don't trust the same mechanic to redo the alignment - take it to another retail outlet and have them check his work. Either way, do it soon as they may not warranty the alignment for very long.

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I took it to another alignment shop today and they said it was right on..they agreed that the steering was very loose. They suggested that it was in the " sub assembly of the internal steering column." I dont know where else to take it except maybe to a certified chevy dealer and hold onto my wallet...any other suggestions??

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If you had new tires, and alignment done, that tells me there was a reason for doing it. Maybe the new tires and alignment exasperated the preexisting problem and it is now more noticeable. Anything from the idler arm being bad to bearings either worn or lose. A good front end mechanic should be able to eliminate a lot of the steering issues and narrow it down. After 15 years of driving, there has to be something worn.

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John is right on...Sounds like inexperienced mechanics.I do my own alignments as long as its toe in and out.Common sense,turning the steering wheels turns the wheels. Watch as someone turns the wheel both ways with vehicle running. Observe all steering connections from tie rod ends back to steering gearbox input.The play may even be in just one wheel.Highly unlikely its in the steering column.

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