1978 Bus creaky steering

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1978 Bus creaky steering

Post by khargis » Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:42 pm

hey folks, i recently had my steering box replaced and whenever i turn the wheel, its sounds like an old creaky door opening and closing. any thoughts? can i lubricate this on my own? thanks, kris
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Re: 1978 Bus creaky steering

Post by Amskeptic » Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:56 am

khargis wrote:hey folks, i recently had my steering box replaced and whenever i turn the wheel, its sounds like an old creaky door opening and closing. any thoughts? can i lubricate this on my own? thanks, kris
Get under the bus while someone else turns the wheel. Look and listen. Steering damper bushings?
Ball joints? Tie rods? Is there oil in the steering box? Late model buses rarely require a whole new box, why was yours replaced?
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BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . .111,130 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,787 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 91 414 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . 55,510 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 72,113 miles

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Re: 1978 Bus creaky steering

Post by khargis » Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:10 am

it was replaced because on my way back from californina i heard a snap and then i could hardly turn and when i had a tighter turning radius it would pop more. traftons mentioned this rarely happens, but that this was the case. i will go through the steps you mentioned and get back to you. thanks colin
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Re: 1978 Bus creaky steering

Post by Amskeptic » Tue Nov 13, 2012 4:26 pm

Dermot147 wrote:Here are few things that can be the cause of your hard steering wheel.
1. under-inflated tires


4. overly tightened steering box adjustment screw

6. improper wheel alignment.


Hope this helps
I edited out those suggestions that do not relate to air-cooled VWs.
Colin
(p.s. weird sounds can be column-to-steering shaft contact. The column is adjustable after you loosen the two floor plate screws)
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . .111,130 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,787 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 91 414 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . 55,510 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 72,113 miles

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