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Dead Spot in Steering (u-jonts)
In this thread about steering slop I mentioned all the various things I've done to correct my issue but still have a 1/8" to 1/4" dead spot in my steering. Both CaFlashBob & Roger Engdahl mentioned to check my u-joints in my steering column.

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Move it 45* or so.   That runs it in a new spot .     You can do a test by changing the steering drag link a few turns ,thus moving the steering wheel and shaft a few degrees.
 Move it too far off center and the steering box will try to recenter...

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Ken,

No first hand experience with this, but if you remove the 4 bolts holding the steering column in place, would you be able to "slip" the column up enough to clear the U joint?  James Triana may know the answer!

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Ken,

That U joint is common and are available at  Motion Ind.   We have one here in Longview so I can just run out there and pick one up.  I don't have a number for you though. If you don't have access to a press, anvil, or a 4# hammer take the...

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Ken,

One other thought is, you have another U joint in the tilt mechanism and it could also have some slop also. Now it is a BIG pain to replace as you have to remove the whole column out of the coach to get to it.

Mike

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Driveshaft shop! Thanks!

I'm heading for Eagle Nest, NM after NAC. Should be lots of help consultants there for the summer. Even if I have to drive it to Santa Fe I'll get her done.

Brett will you be in NM this summer? Looking forward to meeting...

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Yes, Dianne and I are "just up the hill" in Angel Fire-- arrived last Friday.  High here today 71 degrees F.

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 If you get another shaft , look into running the joints slightly out of phase .  This will reduce the slop at each joint.  Doesnt take much , maybe 10* . Ask who ever builds the shaft and take an installed pick to approximate the working angles.

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Yes, Dianne and I are "just up the hill" in Angel Fire-- arrived last Friday.  High here today 71 degrees F.
We are shooting to be there Saturday.  ^.^d

see ya
ken

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Driveshaft shop! Thanks!

I'm heading for Eagle Nest, NM after NAC. Should be lots of help consultants there for the summer. Even if I have to drive it to Santa Fe I'll get her done.

Mike's just up...

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One other thought is, you have another U joint in the tilt mechanism and it could also have some slop also. Now it is a BIG pain to replace as you have to remove the whole column out of the...


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Not sure if this is applicable or not but on my 1993 Newell the steering column would tilt and extend.  If it was retracted all the way down the steering would feel sticky and felt like there was some play.  If I extended it a bit it would clear...

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Ken,

We have a place with 50 amp service if you had time and would like to swing by. Just P/M us for directions and to let us know you are on the way.

Mike


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When replacing that U-joint, Try to get one that has sealed bearings and doesn't need to be greased.  Greasing the one on our (9! GV is a real pain in the neck.  I'd be willing to bet that most of those U-joints get overlooked when lubing up.  I...

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Mike's just up the road from you in Longview.... just sayin'....  one of the best, most helpful,  most knowledgeable people I have ever met...  Worth a longer stay in TX if you can make the time...


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I don't know if ours has two U-joints or not, I'll have to look closer inside of the coach.
Pretty sure if you have the tilt steering wheel there will be one in the cab under the plastic shroud...

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Maybe look close.. No stamp on the end of the Ujoint?.. I will look at mine.. Been thinking of changing mine out  also...

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Pretty sure if you have the tilt steering wheel there will be one in the cab under the plastic shroud around the steering column. It looks like the shroud is just held on with plastic tabs. I...


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Finally some follow up...

I pulled the steering extension while in Eagle Nest, NM. Dori was filling in for a friend in Denver for a few weeks so when I took her up there I dropped the extension at a driveshaft shop in the morning. They had it done...

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Did they say if the others were bad or had play?

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I am guessing for $60 total, that was not investigated.

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Glad to see that the joints are out of phase  a little as I had mentioned.  Good find and thanks for the conclusion story.  Wendon't often get the results of our inputs.

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What is that blue section made of?  Is that just painted steel?  Surprising that paint would hold up over the years.  Must not get scoped out that far very often?

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What is that blue section made of?  Is that just painted steel?  Surprising that paint would hold up over the years.  Must not get scoped out that far very often?
That is Teflon bonded to...

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Did they say if the others were bad or had play?
I had previously determined that there was play just using a couple of channel locks on each of the u-joints. One above and one below. I could feel...

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