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Technical Info: 2nd Gen 24 VALVE DRIVETRAIN Technical discussion of second generation (1998 - 2002) 24-valve engine and drivetrain questions, solutions and upgrades.
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replaced ball joints tie rods drag link and track bar still wandering, changed sway bar end link kits made about 50% better. About 2 inch os slack going to the left and about 3" of slack going to passenger side. Is this a steering box issue about $1400 in parts so far (needed to be changed) it is a bear to hold on the road towing. Any help would be appreciated. These front end are a !!XXXX^^^ in the butt to keep healthy. about $300 a year for 10,000 miles if wasn't for the reliability of the engine this beast would be gone. Thank god I can do most of my own work or this thing would put a guy in the poor house

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I'm going with steering box.
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Parts like ball joints and sway bar end links are not gonna cause the kind of steering wheel play you describe. Get someone to move the wheel back in forth through the range of play and look for funny things happening at each of the tie rod ends, and all other steering linkage ends including drag link, pitman arm, etc. Also look for play in the steering shaft itself.
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drag link and pitman arm is good. had buddy crank whell and checked steering shafts and could not find anything out of the ordinary. if it was the steering box how would you check it?
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If there was no play in the steering shaft that goes into the box, and there was no play in any component between the box and the spindles themselves, then I would suspect the box.
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thaqnks for the info, any thoughts on who to go with for aftermarket?
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I think NAPA carries rebuilt ones.
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I have used Meridian for years now on rebuilt boxes
http://www.meridianautoparts.com/
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thaqnks for the info, any thoughts on who to go with for aftermarket?
http://www.redheadsteeringgears.com/
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I have used Meridian for years now on rebuilt boxes
http://www.meridianautoparts.com/
I second the use of these guys. They come with some of the best long term warranties as well. On my old Toyota Tacoma, they were pretty common to power steering pump failures. I had 2 replaced under warranty, and on the third one I looked at the dealer ones...Toyota wanted 540.00 with no warranty. Meridian was half the price with a lifetime warranty. That was a done deal for me.

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