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Old 03-05-2016, 01:57 PM   #11
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Having driven a semi with dry king pins, there is an easy test, does the steering return to center on its own after a turn or do you have to turn the wheel back?
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Old 03-07-2016, 09:35 AM   #12
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You might also check the U joint at the steering column, they can cause a binding effect if they are stuck.
Yep, I had this happen in our Subaru. The steering wheel would turn smoothly, then it would reach a stiff spot, then it would turn smoothly again. It turned out to be a u-joint in the steering column that was dry and rusting up.
I couldn't find a replacement so I cleaned it the best I could and injected some grease back into it. It's been working fine since, though the steering is a bit looser than I'd like.
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Old 03-07-2016, 08:22 PM   #13
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I jacked up the front end this weekend and greased every fitting I could find with a molly grease, nice and smooth now.
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Old 03-07-2016, 08:29 PM   #14
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Great news indeed.
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Old 03-09-2016, 03:27 AM   #15
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I jacked up the front end this weekend and greased every fitting I could find with a molly grease, nice and smooth now.
Thats the perfect grease. Glad to hear it was nice and easy. It is good to have that in life sometimes!


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Greases containing moly are recommended for roller bearings subjected to very heavy loads and shock loading, especially in slow or oscillating motion such as found in universal joints and CV joints
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