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Old 10-23-2006, 12:57 AM   #1
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Every time I turned the sttering wheel, I kept hearing a clunking sound and could never figure out what it was until today. There are 4 bolts that hold the p/* steering gearbox in place, 2 main bolts that are righ under the steering gear and 2 on the passenger side for extra support. The 2 bolts on the drivers side broke and stripped. While I was standing under the car, facing forward, I grabbed the drivers side tire, pullde on it and was able to make the gearbox pick up off the frame about 1.5". The 2 nuts that were welded on the underside of the frame had a bolt broken out of it, but still attached and the other was broken off theframe with the bolt strripped in it, but still holding on. I used an air impact hammer and chisel to pop the one nut that was still attached to the frame and and removed the other stripped bolt and nut with all new hardware. Phew.

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I've seen that once before. No idea what the root cause is, but this should not happen.
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good thing you got that fixed! im going to take a look at mine, helps me slep at night!
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I think I know the root cause


Good find Greg.. Good fix.. Grade 8 or better bolts with lock washers right?
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Good find Greg.. Good fix.. Grade 8 or better bolts with lock washers right?
The dealer had to replace that entire sub asembly so I am gussing that they did a *%&^ job putting it back in. No Grade 8!! It will be remidied as soon as I get back from my TDY, but just 5 in there right now. Home Depot did not have #8 in the size that I needed. I am guessing that this is why my front end felt so loose when driving it at WCBF
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