1999 Chevy S-10 Power steering geer box?

Tiny
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  • 1999 CHEVROLET S-10
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 140,000 MILES
I have "drift" in my steering. It doesn't pull to either side but drifts and has play in the steering wheel, though not much. I also have wear on the outside of the tires. It's been over 20 years since I've done serious under hood stuff but I'm thinking gear box.
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Thursday, March 26th, 2009 AT 9:09 PM

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Tiny
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Hello,

Sound more like an alignment problem.

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Thursday, March 26th, 2009 AT 9:15 PM
Tiny
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If I am not mistaken, if it were needing a front end alignment it would pull to one side or the other and the wear pattern would be tight. This is a drift with slack in the steering wheel. The tire wear is on the outside in a bowing pattern on both tires. I have seen the wear pattern caused by misalignment as I am a professional driver of company vans. This is different and the play in the steering wheel feels different. By the way this is my wife's truck and I RARELY get a chance to drive it.
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Thursday, March 26th, 2009 AT 10:39 PM
Tiny
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Here is so info on.

Cross-Camber and Cross-Caster

Most street car alignments call for the front camber and caster settings to be adjusted to slightly different specifications on the right side of the vehicle compared to the left side. These slight side-to-side differences are called cross-camber and cross-caster.

For vehicles set up to drive on the "right" side of the road, the right side is aligned with a little more negative camber (about 1/4-degree) and a little more positive caster (again, about 1/4-degree) to help the vehicle resist the influence of crowned roads that would cause it to drift "downhill" to the right gutter. Since most roads are crowned, cross-camber and cross-caster are helpful the majority of the time, however they will cause a vehicle to drift to the left on a perfectly flat road or a road that leans to the left.
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Friday, March 27th, 2009 AT 9:28 PM

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