Last post on Mar 06, 2008 at 2:38 PM
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Chevrolet Blazer, SUV
#3 of 5 Re: 2002 Blazer Steering Column Question [jlflemmons]
Mar 06, 2008 (12:57 pm)
The play you are describing sounds like lash in the steering box. I just adjusted the one in my '98 Blazer...yours may be similar but I can't guarantee that.
I removed the plastic shield under the front end to expose the steering box. At the top of the unit there is a 5/8" or so lock nut and a Allen screw. Undo the lock nut and turn down the Allen screw a little at a time and check the play. Note that if you start the engine with the locknut loose it WILL LEAK FLUID! When you have the adjustment right snug down the lock nut.
Let us know how you make out.
#4 of 5 Re: 2002 Blazer Steering Column Question [coachhill]
Mar 06, 2008 (2:16 pm)
Thnks, that was the first thing I suspected, too. Unfortunately, the play is definitely in the knuckle. There is a two piece nylon bushing in there that maintains tension with a spring. My suspicion is that the spring broke, allowing the bushings to loosen up. They cannot come out, so the steering is not going to just 'go away', but it does act like a loose steering box.
The big clue was the steering wheel turning back and forth about an inch, and the input shaft to the steering gearbox not moving.
#5 of 5 Re: 2002 Blazer Steering Column Question [jlflemmons]
Mar 06, 2008 (2:38 pm)
Got it...now I understand the problem. My symptom was the same (play in the wheel) but a different cause. Good luck sorting out your problem!