My '69, newly back on the road has an annoying and dangerous characteristic:
When tooling along at about 55, I had to swerve to the left to miss a pothole. When I swerved back, the car went a little extra to the right. Then when I corrected that to the left, again, a little extra to the left. A total of 4 to 5 steering corrections. There is a little play in the steering wheel, but not so much that I was concerned initially.
What do we think? The rag joint? some other part of the steering? Or should I just take it to a shop?
Vette(s): #1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/
Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight"
#2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto
Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas
The rag joint is easy enough to check. With the engine of, how far can you turn the steering wheel before the wheels actually turn? If it is more then 1/4" or so, the rag joint is prolly torn. If it's real bad, you'll feel it "clunk" when it hits the stops on the joint. Not too big of a job to replace, if that's what it is. Another thing I can think of that could cause this is possibly the steering cylinder may be out of adjustment, but that usually only effects turning in one direction. And last, the steering box itself may be too tight, or dry of lubricant. That will cause it to not want to return to center, also. Does the car drive straight, other than not wanting to return to center?
|UPDATED|8/10/2012 7:40:36 PM (AZT)|/UPDATED|
____________________________________ Joel Adams C3VR Lifetime Member #56 My Link
Corvette is a registered trademark of the General Motors Corporation(GM) &
Chevrolet Motor Division. Vette Registries, LLC is responsible for all site content (except for member submitted content or where otherwise
noted) and does not claim or imply that Chevrolet or
GM is responsible for Official C3 Vette Registry content. Vette Registries, LLC is independent from GM and is not affiliated
with, sponsored or supported by GM. Copyright/trademark/sales mark
infringements are not intended, or implied and are in fact used to support
GM, Chevrolet and Corvette.
Official C3 Vette Registry content is Copyright 2001-2017, Vette Registries, LLC. Content may not be reused without written consent. All Rights Reserved. NS
Corvette (Vette) Model Years on this site: 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982