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Old 12-05-2008, 05:43 PM
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What causes the steering to be loose on a vehicle? Its a 98 Durango w/ 120,000 miles on it, you can move the steering wheel left or right a good inch without moving the wheels.
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Old 12-05-2008, 07:19 PM
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Could be a few things. Jack the front of the vehicle up and try to wiggle the wheel from the 12/6 o'clock positions and again at the 9/3 o'clock positions... 12/6 is ball joints, 9/3 is tie-rods. Then again, could also be somewhat normal... IIRC, you can adjust the steering box to help tighten it up a bit... I am new to the SUV/truck thing, so don't take my word on that...
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Old 12-05-2008, 09:49 PM
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+2 on that.... but I'm goin straight to the inner and outer tie rods for your inch of movement in the steering wheel
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Old 12-09-2008, 10:36 AM
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After replacing several front end components, it was finally the steering gear box replacement that made the biggest improvement. I have also heard that the 1st generation Durangos all had a similar characteristic.
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Old 12-12-2008, 03:33 PM
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Yes.

As far as I know the boxs can all be adjusted. Some people have replaced the steering gear as well in the box.
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