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#1248922 - 08/05/07 10:53 PM Loose Steering
LSpann601 Offline
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Registered: 10/21/05
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I have a 97 cvpi and lately its been hard to control when on the interstate when I get near a 18 wheeler it seems like my car shifts to the side...when driving I nearly shake my steering wheel and the car will damn near go straight could this be the steering gear box or maybe a loose shaft?
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#1248954 - 08/05/07 11:42 PM Re: Loose Steering [Re: LSpann601]
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With that mileage, I would highly recommend you bring it to a reputable alignment shot for a complete front-end inspection
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#1248957 - 08/05/07 11:43 PM Re: Loose Steering [Re: dRock96Marquis]
99_03PantherS Offline
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Registered: 03/22/03
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Could be a shaft. I have the same thing, and my shaft is very loose.
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#1248960 - 08/05/07 11:50 PM Re: Loose Steering [Re: 99_03PantherS]
Ryan Offline
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Registered: 02/01/05
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Pray its not the steering box

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#1249000 - 08/06/07 01:07 AM Re: Loose Steering [Re: Ryan]
LSpann601 Offline
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Registered: 10/21/05
Posts: 1089
Loc: Jackson, Mississippi
Ill check the steering shaft tomorrow how hard is to change a gearbox i seen one on ebay for 89
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1997 Crown Victoria P71
Mods: Bench Seats | 02 Crown Victoria P71 Steering Gear | Dorman NPI Intake Manifold | PI Coolant Tube | Mechanical Cooling Fan | 98-00 CV Electric High Speed Fan Swap | Flowmaster 40s | 97 Lincoln Town Car Transmission | Suspension Fully Rebuilt
2006 Crown Victoria P71 OLD MS Highway Patrol Car (Wrecked)
2003 Mercury Grand Marquis GS (Wifes Car)
2008 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor OLD NPS Park Ranger Car | Variable Ratio Rack and Pinion Steering (Without Variable Assist Steering) | 17" Wheel Covers | Rubber Floor
1981 Chevy Monte Carlo 305ci/700r4 (sbc 408 build in progess)

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#1249617 - 08/06/07 11:03 PM Re: Loose Steering [Re: LSpann601]
GrFa Offline
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Registered: 04/29/04
Posts: 60
Loc: NJ/MA
I'm in the same boat. Mine only has 114k on it and I can't tell if it is a shaft or the box. When I grab the lower shaft (under the hood) there is some play. But I don't know if that is in the lower shaft or the gearbox. Is there some way to tell?

Also has anyone bought one of the $89 steering boxes on ebay?
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#1250550 - 08/08/07 01:28 AM Re: Loose Steering [Re: LSpann601]
2vmodular Offline
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Registered: 04/11/01
Posts: 6289
Loc: New England
is the front suspension on your crown vic in similar condition to project 1997 p71?

http://www.p71interceptor.com/suspension/front/150kprojectcarrepairs.html
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