Wednesday, April 12, 2006
I'm not dead (yet!)
It has been some time since my last post but never fear... the Rusty Dodger has struck and now I, the Artful Dodger himself, must perform another freakin' repair. Things had been running smoothly for a while, that's why there wasn't much in the way of fresh material. The dreaded steering curse of Dodges' Past have come to haunt me. Straight axles have never been known for their accuracy in steering and with the big tires it only gets worse. As you may remember from my moving Odyssey I had replaced the drag link, which had severed at the clinch nut. Well, as with any old vehicle, as soon as one part is back in spec, everything attached to it suffers. In this case, my steering gear mounting bracket cracked, as many have done in the past. I hope to have pictures as it isn't every day you see a quarter-inch thick plate tear. It certainly explains why my Dodge was steering itself all over the road the past little while. I had thought the steering damper had frozen and was causing the problem, but no such luck. Needless to say, I have yet to discover just how much this baby will cost. I know getting at it will be a bear, not too mention re-inforcing the area to prevent a re-occurence. A hydraulic assist for the steering may be necessary.