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Old 08-01-2010, 07:13 PM   #1
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new to this as we just got some land and bought a g16 used golf cart. My daughter has been driving the crap out of it and I was on it the other day and it felt like the steering wheel and a little more play then it did before. Any suggestions on what to look at or for'


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Old 08-01-2010, 08:41 PM   #2
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Default Re: newbie..steering loose

check the king pins, wheel bearings, tie rod ends and steering box...thats all thats involved in the steering system but all can be seen very easy by just jacking it up and giving everything a shake. if it seems loose then it is and needs replaced.
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:31 AM   #3
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mine was doing the same so I crawed up under her and noticed my steering gear box was cracked on the side and was leaking grease(bought a used on from a cart graveyard). Take the cover of your gearbox off and pack it with grease plus the screw that chuddly was talking about will get rid of the play. lightly seat the srew and slowly back off it while someone is turning the wheel. See if that helps. Good luck! Check out this link to show you the make up of the steering. the part you need to tighten is #10.

http://www.tntgolfcar.com/yamparts.php?diagramid=77
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:29 AM   #4
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Default Re: newbie..steering loose

That was gonna be my question for the day thank u czdarylu for asking and thany ya;ll for answer,
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:55 PM   #5
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Default Re: newbie..steering loose

Make sure the steering turns easily all the way lock to lock, often they wear such that there will be play in the center and they get tight as you turn sharp...then they don't want to turn back to center that easily...for really worn ones. I did my cart no problem, it was not that worn I guess. Had a truck once was so bad I had to replace it eventually could not tighten it up anymore.
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Old 08-03-2010, 07:41 AM   #6
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thanks guys...I will check it this weekend...I did notice the tie rods can be turned a little (front to back)..is that normal
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Old 08-03-2010, 07:42 AM   #7
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which screw are you refering to..thanks
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Old 08-03-2010, 07:57 AM   #8
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which screw are you refering to..thanks
He's talking about #10--#11


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Old 08-03-2010, 08:35 AM   #9
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Default Re: newbie..steering loose

# 11 is a lock nut. loosen it and tighten # 10 the screw with I think it's just a flat head screw driver then have someone turn the wheel as you make adjustments to the screw.By adjsutments I mean loosin or tighten. Look all around the gear box to ensure no cracks in it plus make sure you have a good amount of grease in the box. Good luck! Plus if you look at your front tires and they are angled in too far
or out too far it's your tie rods. Make sure they are not bent and adjust the nuts with a wrench to move the tire in and out.
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:51 AM   #10
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After you diagnose and repair the steering problems, be sure to check the wheel alignment. Both front wheels need to track parallel to each other. That will insure your cart rolls easily, minimizing the torque required to push the cart. This in turn minimizes the load on your batteries and can affect speed. To check the alignment, use 2 straight edges (I use 4 foot levels) and have someone help you hold them horizontally, agaisnt and across the outsises of the wheels. You can then measure the distance between them in front and the behind the tires/wheels. The distance should be the same (or really close). If not, use the adjustment on the tie rod ends to pull them together (toe in) or spreed the (toe out). Dont forget to lock them back in place with the locknut. Hope this helps. Way too many carts are not performing to their capability (and wear out tires) due to poor alignment and loose front end components.
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