Squirrelly Steering when turning right

Discussion in 'Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)' started by Huntr, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. Huntr

    Huntr Rockstar

    When turning right, and only right, sometimes my stearing goes squirrely. Almost feels like the steering gear jumps a tooth or something. Making a gentle turn and suddenly the wheel goes slack for a split second and the truck turns right a little harder and then goes back to normal.

    Thoughts to cause? Anybody ever have this happen to them?
  2. mv86dually

    mv86dually New Member

    You didn't say how old you rig is. Check a few things. Rag joint that connects the steering column to the Steering box. Has there been any front end damage? check tire rod ends. Could even be a steering box issue. Check everything from the steering wheel to the tires.
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2011
  3. Huntr

    Huntr Rockstar

    Sorry, '97 K1500 125,000 miles.
  4. Kraziken

    Kraziken Rockstar 100 Posts

    I replaced my idler, pitman, and my steering is still loose. I'm pretty sure it is the steering box. I'm roughly close to your mileage and I also have oversized tires which decreases the life of all the steering components.
  5. 40native

    40native New Member

    There is a tiny torsion bar that is built into the input shaft of the stearing gear that controls the valve for the fluid flow of the power steering. If that torsion bar breaks you can have what's called "hyper steering or super steering" because the valve floats in there and gives false fluid flow to the power steering. To check this remove the steering column shaft from the steering box and find a 12 point socket that goes onto the input shaft. With a ratchet or breaker bar on the socket urn the shaft back and forth a little (with the engine off & the steering tires on the ground for resistance). You should feel a very light tension at first then it get firm in both directions as it meets the resistance through the steering box. If you don't have immediate tension or it feels 'rattlely' then the torsion bar is broke. If it is the best fix is a new or reman steering box.
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2011
  6. ntbush83

    ntbush83 Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    Can you adjust that torsion bar to make the steering tighter or does it not work that way?

    Also to answer OP's original question, yes if you've replaced all those front end parts then its most likely your gear box. I replaced most of my front end parts and it helped a lot but its still slowing getting loose again. Probably gearbox.
  7. sig p232

    sig p232 New Member

    Before you replace anything, stand on your head and look from the firewall up the steering column towards the steering wheel. You may see a donut shaped object on the steering column. It will be above the u-joint and on the exposed area of the column. If you see it, it is the steering wheel position sensor. I have a friend with a 97' 2-door tahoe and his does not have this peice, but the 2-doors got some random parts. When they go out, typically to the right somewhere between noon and 2 o'clock you will feel a dead zone when you are making a gradual right hand turn, it feels like you hit a piece of ice and then once you pass the dead zone steering returns to normal.

    I joined to look up so suburban stuff, but presently I have a 99' 2-door tahoe and it had the same problem. I am not saying parts up front are not nicely worn at 125k miles, but for $25 online or $65 from a dealer, its a great place to start, easy to fix, and worked wonders for me.

  8. Huntr

    Huntr Rockstar

    That's exactly what it feels like. Perfect description. I will take a look at that part today. I have not had time to look into the steering box yet.

    I appreciate all the replies. Thanks all.
  9. sig p232

    sig p232 New Member

    Let us know if it works for you.

  10. Robert Huller

    Robert Huller New Member


    Let me know if that donut thing worked for your situation, my 1997 Suburban has the same problem. I have a k1500 with 150k miles and slip and slides around like that too.

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