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Author Topic:   Hard Right turn, what do you think?
madracer1
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted June 04, 2002 03:19 PM
In the middle of turn 2 the car takes a hard right turn off the back of turn two. The steering wheel is turned all the way to the right when it stopped. It fells like someone pushes it, but no one is close. We are running a stock chevy pump and box with a underdrive on the crank. This is the 2nd week it has happen. The first time it was on the 2nd lap of the main, ran the last 10 laps with no problem. The second was on the 8th lap of the main. No problem in Heats. It doesn't look like anything is hanging up. The tierod bolts are facing forward. We are thinking maybe the steering pump??????

redneck racing
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 276
posted June 04, 2002 04:27 PM
Had the same problem a couple of years ago running on a 3/8 high bank track but only in turn 3 coming out of 2 down the back stretch and into 3 id set the car up and as i turned left the steering wheel would crank to the right and would have to compensate and crank to the left got use to it it really didnt upset the car but it did keep you on your toes turned out to be the fact that i wasnt running the sway bar on the high bank hope this kind of helps. Eddie

c21
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 346
posted June 05, 2002 10:45 AM
If this happenend more than once in a while I would suspect your caster split was set backwards, or if it was more at entry I would suspect a failing left front brake. But, since it is intermitant I would say your steering box is suspect. Of course I would look more closely for tie-rod interference, but I can't see this pulling the wheel. Don't know how well maintained your car is, but a loosly mounted left upper (or right lower) control arm might do this.

You should probably swap out your steering box and pump.

Good Luck
c21

madracer1
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted June 06, 2002 11:50 PM
All bushings are new poli. The caster is set looking down on the balljoints. On the right: can just see the front of the bottom ball joint. On the left: the upper is completely behind the bottom. This was the setup a Late Model guy showed me.? Thanks for your help.

racer2
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 166
posted June 07, 2002 08:57 AM
i'm not a pro but i beleive my right front ball joint is the farthest back and the left front is a bit forward from there,sounds backards to me.

49mtmod
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 56
posted June 07, 2002 10:58 AM
I agree with racer2, I believe by the way you described it that your caster spit is backwards. This would make the car pull right rather than left.


madracer1
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted June 09, 2002 06:12 PM
quote:
Originally posted by madracer1:
All bushings are new poli. The caster is set looking down on the balljoints. On the right: can just see the front of the bottom ball joint. On the left: the upper is completely behind the bottom. This was the setup a Late Model guy showed me.? Thanks for your help.

Sorry I the above is wrong. The right is the farthest back. Still learning my left and right!

Found the problem, when turning to the right the wheel was about a 1/2" short of the stop. Pushed the wheel to the right and it went all the way to the stop and the steering wheel would turn free. Pushed the wheel back to the left it lockedup and the steering wheel would not turn. After that there was no steering. Changed the steering box Saturday before going to the track. Finished 2nd in the heat and Won the Main (1st Main win). This help greatly because both time the steering locked we were leading the feature.
Thanks again.

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