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Username Post: Steering locks up.
Posts 46
10-10-18 11:30 AM - Post#2748339    

I have a 61 Impala with a 605 steering box. I recently installed new hoses and had the box rebuilt. I also installed a CPP centerlink kit to replace the original one that has that little metal ball going to the pitman arm. Now when I steer it will lock up after a few turns of the steering wheel. If I cut the car off and jack it up a little to relieve pressure on the tires it turns just fine. But when I cut the car on and lower it and steer it a couple times it will just lock up. Has anyone ever encountered this?
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10-10-18 07:41 PM - Post#2748381    

Was the 605 working correctly before the rebuild? I suspect there is now something wrong with the mechanical part of the gear because of poor assembly.


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10-11-18 03:38 AM - Post#2748402    

Are you sure the center link is in correctly? The idler arm on the passenger side has to be correct to are it will bind up.

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Posts 46
10-12-18 02:00 PM - Post#2748522    

The steering box was just fine before the rebuild. I took it back to them and they said they tested it and it was fine.
Posts 46
10-12-18 02:02 PM - Post#2748523    

I will double check the center link tomorrow. the steering works just fine when the car is off and it's lifted a little off the ground. I just got a new pump that I'm going to install tomorrow and we'll see how that goes.
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10-12-18 02:51 PM - Post#2748525    

The angles of that linkage changes with weight on the wheels. That is why the nuts on a couple of them aren't torqued while in the air, but with the wheels on the ground.
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