Landcruiser 100 series steering query

Submitted: Friday, Mar 30, 2007 at 17:53
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Just took my 98 100 series Cruiser for a wheel alignment. While the wheel alignment is alright, they couldn't get the steering lock correct. Lock to lock is has 3.25 turns (according to manual should be 3.4). It has 2 turns to the left & 1.25 turns to the right and they couldn't set it up for 1.7 turns either way.

The tyres aren't scrubbing, the steering wheel is sitting a touch to the left when tracking straight ahead, nothing is bent, it seems to be drifting a little to the left. It hits the stops when turning a full lock to the left, but sits well away from them on the opposite lock.

It won't go around some roundabouts to the right without climbing curbs that other cruisers get around no worries.

A second garage was also mystified. Would anyone out there know of a cause or cure for this problem?

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Reply By: Peter 2 - Friday, Mar 30, 2007 at 18:46

Friday, Mar 30, 2007 at 18:46
Sounds like the pitman arm on the steering box is a spline or two out, another way to put it is that the box wasn't centred when the pitman arm was fitted.
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter S (VIC) - Saturday, Mar 31, 2007 at 09:20

Saturday, Mar 31, 2007 at 09:20
Yes, that's what I thought at first and moving it was suggested by the 2nd garage. The steering wheel is only sitting a touch to the left and if I move the pitman arm the steering wheel will sit way out of centre and I would have to take it off and recentre it.

As the other reply suggested, I may have to find a specialist 4wd workshop.

Thanks for the suggestion.

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Reply By: OtherBrother - Friday, Mar 30, 2007 at 19:45

Friday, Mar 30, 2007 at 19:45
Sack both suspension experts / garages. Find someone not so easily mystified.

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