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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-17-2019, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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1996 Impala Steering Issue

Hi y'all. Maybe someone can help me out or had this issue. My 96 I bought a year ago turns to the left Horribly. My ford f350 work truck has a better turning radius than the Impala. Making a left hand uturn at a light usually turns into a three point turn unless I use the posi. To date I have put in a new steering box, new tires, new ball joints, center link, tie rod ends, and had it aligned. I even brought it and had it thrown on a frame rack in which everything was within the factory spec's of placement. This is my second SS, and I do not remember my first having this issue. If anyone has had this issue or knows what else I can do please let me know. Thank you
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Has this problem existed for the entire time since purchase? If so, first suspect is mechanical damage to suspension. If the previous owner is not available for background, then close inspection for already-replaced parts (either just plain installed wrong or as indication of replacement due to prior wreck/wear/failure, or worse if found to be simply the wrong part). Note that a regular stamped A-arm is pretty easy to bend but still not enough to see unless comparing next to a good one. A never-greased or galled BJ could be binding.



Of course you can have a misadjusted, clogged or broke steering box, but giving thoughts on less entailing alternates first.

\'96SS SOB: SSRI, Herter Tune, Tri-Y II, , 3000 Edge, F/HO bars, METCO extendeds with CV MMC, Bilsteins, currently Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta (315/35 rear). Finally, wait for it... LT-4 knock module!
\'96FWB BUW-Butt Ugly White: PCMPerformance tune, HDFA w/ swissed filter, 1/2 SLP s.s. catback with H- and Flow Super 50s, oem opti rebuilt 3 times, SS Bars, METCO LCA, Airlift 1000, Monroe SS, PowerTrax No-Slip, CTS wheels with +1 rubber. Finally, yes again... LT-4 knock module!
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Has this problem existed for the entire time since purchase? If so, first suspect is mechanical damage to suspension. If the previous owner is not available for background, then close inspection for already-replaced parts (either just plain installed wrong or as indication of replacement due to prior wreck/wear/failure, or worse if found to be simply the wrong part). Note that a regular stamped A-arm is pretty easy to bend but still not enough to see unless comparing next to a good one. A never-greased or galled BJ could be binding.



Of course you can have a misadjusted, clogged or broke steering box, but giving thoughts on less entailing alternates first.

Yes problem has been there the whole time. I already replaced the steering box, had new ball joints and almost whole front end rebuilt. The tire shop swears up and down the alignment is dead on.
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th efirst owner had the car for roughly 5 years and never had been in an accident. What's everyones thoughts on tubular a arms?
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Well, you're other posts show you're hunting a stout tranny for a 500hp motor. It's really up to you, - do you want a Cali canyon carver with generous budget.... There's fully loaded pre-assembled good quality new oems at less cost than the parts separately - pretty much plugin from what I hear from others on here.


Also, the box being replaced is a yellowish flag. Quite a few guys report their replacements are fubared from the start - especially if from the auto chains. Question: Were the symptoms identical between the replacement v. what you took out?
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\'96SS SOB: SSRI, Herter Tune, Tri-Y II, , 3000 Edge, F/HO bars, METCO extendeds with CV MMC, Bilsteins, currently Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta (315/35 rear). Finally, wait for it... LT-4 knock module!
\'96FWB BUW-Butt Ugly White: PCMPerformance tune, HDFA w/ swissed filter, 1/2 SLP s.s. catback with H- and Flow Super 50s, oem opti rebuilt 3 times, SS Bars, METCO LCA, Airlift 1000, Monroe SS, PowerTrax No-Slip, CTS wheels with +1 rubber. Finally, yes again... LT-4 knock module!

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You're pretty emphatic that everything is dead on with the suspension and steering. You've had it all checked out and that's good. I see you replaced the steering box. Was your problem present before that? If all else is a go then I suspect this to be the final frontier. There have been way too many posts with problems with rebuilt boxes. The most current being this one. https://www.impalassforum.com/vBulle...ering-box.html I had one more thought on this. How wide are your front tires? Sometimes there is a difference and the tire could be hitting the suspension and limiting your turn. I know my left tire hits my sway bar. The right doesn't. Best of luck.
If you lived in Britain this wouldn't be a problem.

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The old box had a ton of play in the steering wheel and all the seals/gaskets were leaking, and yes the steering issue was there before I had it changed. As far as the a-arms go, im looking to see what people recommend, this car is a weekend car that I will be doing some more in depth mods to down the road. Im going to build another LT1 and am looking to make 450-500 hp, my trans just blew the sun shell last week.
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Also, the box being replaced is a yellowish flag. Quite a few guys report their replacements are fubared from the start - especially if from the auto chains. Question: Were the symptoms identical between the replacement v. what you took out?
Hey Bob, that's a great thought there.

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the tires are a 235/50/17 , I guess I should try and source an used box and see what happens. I do not have rub marks on the sway bar or wheel wells
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the tires are a 235/50/17 , I guess I should try and source an used box and see what happens. I do not have rub marks on the sway bar or wheel wells
Strike that one out. Since you're wanting to make some mods. How about this one. It's cheap and many here like the results. https://www.impalassforum.com/vBulle...otsa-pics.html
About the tubular A arms. Again there was a recent discussion on those too. The poster of that link said he used 1981 Camaro arms.
I'm sure this evening there will be more ideas on your trouble. I do hope we can help you out.

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