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My truck wanders

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by great dane, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. great dane
    Joined: Sep 12, 2009
    Posts: 2

    great dane

    have 54 chevy truck,have replaced all orginal bushings on springs and hangers,steering is tight,have new kingpins,tierods good,and just had aligned.Tires 235/85 r16,only thing i haven't changed is my gas shocks(80,000 mi.)doubt that causing wandering.Really bad over 60 mph.would you guys have any ideas. Thanks
  2. silversink
    Joined: May 3, 2008
    Posts: 912


    adjust the steering box----follow instructions to the tee or you will get it way tight or way loose
    Joined: Feb 20, 2007
    Posts: 569


    Those steering boxes tend to get worn at center. Is there some slack in it? You also said that you have new tie rods, the stock style or newer ends? I put late model style on my 58 and that was day and night.

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  4. Willy301
    Joined: Nov 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,426


    Wandering is usually a sign of something within the steering being loose, be it the box, the tie rods, or the king pins. If these are all tight, is there any play in the steering shaft? is the steering wheel following the wander? Radial tires usually do not have enough flex to wander unless the air pressure is low. Have you had it aligned? a poor alignment could cause some issues at higher speeds, especially if your toe is off.
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  5. Mark in Japan
    Joined: Jun 19, 2007
    Posts: 1,465

    Mark in Japan

    Does it "Wander, Wander, who wrote the book of love"??????

    or does it "wa wa wa wa Wan-der, why.......why,why,why,why,why she ran away"?????
  6. tpw35
    Joined: Feb 6, 2007
    Posts: 312


    When I raced short track cars wandering or hunting as it was called usually had to do with toe, we always toed them out an 1/8th.
  7. R Pope
    Joined: Jan 23, 2006
    Posts: 3,310

    R Pope

    Put some wedges in to increase the caster a few degrees, if there is not too much slack anywhere. An eighth more toe-in might help too.
  8. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,758

    Member Emeritus

    Have you checked tire pressure in all 4 wheels lately? The first thing a front end alignment tech does.

    Low air pressure in rear tires can feel like it's wandering and cause the driver to constantly over correct.
  9. gasmanm01
    Joined: Nov 24, 2009
    Posts: 572


    were you textingor drinking while you were wandering? i am wondering
  10. Truckedup
    Joined: Jul 25, 2006
    Posts: 3,864


    i caught my 50 Chevy truck wandering around with prostitutes and unsavory types.I adjusted the toe to zero with radial tires and the truck keep away from the whores.
  11. lawman
    Joined: Sep 19, 2006
    Posts: 2,667


    I got beat to that one !!!!! Maybe he could lock or chain it up at night !!!! LOL
  12. Tuff Tin
    Joined: May 23, 2004
    Posts: 921

    Tuff Tin

    I'm dazed and confused. I saw the title to this thread and thought that you were writing a new western song.
  13. fnla39
    Joined: May 25, 2008
    Posts: 109


    I agree wirh The caster shims did "wander s" for my 52 truck. Straight as an arrow now.
  14. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,166


    Call it your Little Runaway.
  15. Jimm56
    Joined: Aug 27, 2010
    Posts: 170


    Neuter him and he'll stay at home.:eek:
  16. Does it come home "tainted"?
  17. 60srailjob
    Joined: Nov 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,216

    from nowhere

    Yeah sometimes while I'm setting here I wander............check the gear box as been stated go from there....
  18. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 41,341


    Good thought. If toe is correct everything is tight it is normally someone has let the tires get a little soft or made them that way to improve ride.

    I also would take a good look at the drag link, not when it is cold but after you have driven it a while and given it a chance to warm up.

    Well you're in Pomona its not like here were things appear to be tight when they are cold.
  19. castor wedges
  20. Tinbasher
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 274


    Yes some Negative Caster should help (3 Deg.) and check the toe. If all else fails add a steering dampener. Also check the Wheelbase and make sure its equal side to side.
    If still a problem, check your ride height. The frame should be a equal height at the front torque boxes and the rear torque boxes or you'll effect the caster.

    The Old Tinbasher

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