Steering of 81 Fiat FI

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Docdawg
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Steering of 81 Fiat FI

Postby Docdawg » Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:36 pm

Have replaced steering box and rocker arm but car is still not steering really good. I live in Roversville, TN east of Knoxville and have as of yet found anyone to work on my Fiat, any suggestions appreciated.

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Re: Steering of 81 Fiat FI

Postby vandor » Sat Apr 29, 2017 12:59 am

What are the symptoms?
I have a colleague in Knoxville, I will ask him.
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Re: Steering of 81 Fiat FI

Postby klweimer » Sat Apr 29, 2017 8:01 am

Have you replaced anything else on the front end? After 36 years, anything remaining that is original should be replaced. Also possible the alignment is whacked. If you jack the front end slightly off the ground, you can see how the steering behaves when unloaded. Also check tire pressure.
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Docdawg
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Re: Steering of 81 Fiat FI

Postby Docdawg » Sat Apr 29, 2017 6:47 pm

The steering wheel has a lot of play in it now

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Re: Steering of 81 Fiat FI

Postby So Cal Mark » Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:40 pm

if the steering has a lot of play you have worn parts.
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Re: Steering of 81 Fiat FI

Postby ORFORD2004 » Sun Apr 30, 2017 12:33 am

If, with front wheels in straight ahead position, steering wheel free travel at rim is more than one inch, steering box may need adjustment.
The adjustment between worm and roller must be made with pitman arm in mid position (front wheels straight ahead).
Loosen locknut. turn adjusting screw clockwise until steering wheel free play is less than 1 inch.
To check that adjustment is not to tight, move steering wheel from left turn to full right turn. (wheels of the ground)
There should be no binding or tightness at end of wheel travel. If tightness is felt, back off on adjustment until it is eliminated.
With screwdriver holding adjusting screw in position, tighten locknut to secure adjustment.

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Re: Steering of 81 Fiat FI

Postby vandor » Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:17 am

Just because the steering box is new it may need an initial adjustment. Also if the steering box is not centered (same number of turns to the left and tothe right) there will be excessive play on center. I would guess most shops would not check this.
Csaba
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Re: Steering of 81 Fiat FI

Postby vandor » Mon May 01, 2017 11:53 pm

My colleague says that he has taken his old Fiats (X1/9s) to Alignment Professionals, and they were sympathetic to old cars.
Csaba
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'17 124 Abarth, silver
http://italiancarclub.com/csaba/
Co-owner of the best dang Fiat parts place in town


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