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Richard, ASE Certified Technician
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Experience:  12 years at a Ford Lincoln/Mercury and Jaguar dealer as a technician and shop foreman.
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what makes 97 Crown Vic steering wheel has so much play in

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what makes '97 Crown Vic steering wheel has so much play in it at 60 miles an hour?

Richard :

Hello and welcome to justanswer.com

Richard :

Does the steering wheel shake at that speed? Or do you feel excessive movement?

JACUSTOMER-mct7n1wb- :

no wheel does not shake - just has a lot of "play" in it. It seems to wander until you turn wheel to keep it in line...

Richard :

This may be a loose idler or pitman arm on the steering linkage.

Richard :

ou will need o have the fornt suspension checked for excessive play. I see the tie rods, idler and pitman arms all cause this.

JACUSTOMER-mct7n1wb- :

they were both replaced and the steering gear was tightened.

Richard :

OK also look at the steering shaft that attches to the steering gear as this may be loose.

Richard :

Lastly your vehicle has a EVO system that will stiffen when at higher speeds. If there is a problem with the system it will default to full assist so this may also be your problem.

JACUSTOMER-mct7n1wb- :

you can observe a 1/4" play in drag link - could this also contribute to problem?

Richard :

Yes it may. That play is either from a tire rod, idler, pitman or the steering box itself.

JACUSTOMER-mct7n1wb- :

is it possible to replace steering box in a vehicle this old?

Richard :

Yes it is. They are not that expensive on the aftermarket as there are remans available.

JACUSTOMER-mct7n1wb- :

okay - thank you for your help.

JACUSTOMER-mct7n1wb- :

Darlene

Richard :

You are very welcome.

Richard :

Let me know if I can help with anything else.

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