Allot of play in R129 steering wheel

JuBe

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Hello to all
as the title says, I have some play in my steering wheel, tomorrow I will be under the car making some inspections, but first I wanted to ask here to maybe get some tips
So the problem is like, when I'm on a highway I need to turn allot just to get the steering started, so I expect steering box got busted, but also, when I go through a pot hole or a bump my steering wheel moves allot inside if I don't hold it, so for that I blame steering damper
could I be right?
ill try removing dumper tomorrow and check if it is stiff enough

Thanks in advance for any reply, if anyone is interested I can hold this thread updated with the pictures
Best regards!
 

LostKiwi

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Steering damper won't have anything to do with slop or movement.
You most likely have worn track rod joints, steering box, lower arm bushes or idler arm.
 

r129co

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Agreed. Do all the joints and the difference will be remarkable.
However..dont ignore the steering box. They commonly have play and its a straightforward refurb
 


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