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Cost of steering box replacement 1998 k1500

Discussion in 'Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)' started by Kraziken, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. Kraziken

    Kraziken New Member

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    Late this summer, I worked on replacing my idler and pitman arms on my Suburban. At the time I should have gone ahead and replaced my steering box, but I didn't think it was as worn. It wasn't until after I had the new pitman, idler installed and had a new alignment that I realized the gear box is way too loose.

    I've played with the adjustment settings, but the rig still just wanders too much. I really didn't want to get back under my rig now that fall is here (working in the rain). I got a quote for around $900? (around $500 for the part) which leaves the service cost around $400. Is this reasonable?

    I'm considering ordering the part seperately which will save me a little. I still don't want to do it, but if it will save me $400 I think I probably will suffer working in the rain.
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  2. njblazer

    njblazer New Member

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    does it feel like there is a loose spot or dead spot while driving ?
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  3. Kraziken

    Kraziken New Member

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    Yes, definately a loose spot. Requires lots of recorrecting just to go straight. I adjusted the screw, but that just made it more jerky to control the car. Wife said it was like speed wobbling on the freeway. I loosened it back up. I have oversized tires so I'm sure the box is just worn.
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  4. 4theluvofgold

    4theluvofgold New Member

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    I've never had to deal with a steering issue. But the working in the weather does suck. Luckily it rains then dries up quick. Lets me know when it is time for a break. Trying to get the stuff done before the rain turns to slush that doesn't go away.
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  5. njblazer

    njblazer New Member

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    i had a similar problem with my 99 there is a solenoid on the back of the powersteering pump unplug it see if it gets better mine did
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  6. croach1776

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    I might have the same problem on my 96 Silverado with 5.7. I am hearing a high whine whenever I turn the steering wheel. I thought it might be the power steering pump but wouldnt that whine all the time whether I am turning the steering wheel or not. I am not losing any pwr steering fluid. The truck steering is a little lose, I had the front end replaced last year so it has improved but feel it should be tighter. Front shocks are about 3 years old and I only use it on the street. It also has 4" fabtech lift in front and shocks in back are air but not holding any air and will be replace.
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  7. Joeairforce

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    Holy crap! :gasp: Where are ya? I'd do it for half that if you supplied the parts and if you were close....
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