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It is the pesky new guy with an 82 again with steering problem


Stuart Boblett
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I acquired an 82 Avanti and am in the process of taking care of its needs. The steering seems to have an excess amount of play when driving and am looking for recommendations on this. Is the PS steering box adjustable? There does not seem to be a inordinate amount of play in the individual components but the steering still sucks. The workshop manual I have is the original that I think covers 62+ and is used for pretty much for  all the years. Is this correct? Will the original manual give an alignment technician the information he needs for my 82 which I believe is on a Studebaker frame? I have tried to review all the posts but have not found an answer. Thanks, maybe one day I will learn enough about these cars to help others.

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Yes, you have a Studebaker frame and a Studebaker front suspension/steering (with minor exception).  The first place that I would check for play is at the center pivot and its cinch bolt.  Do not expect a 1951 steering system to be as tight as a 2018 system.    

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