alignment won't hold

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Posted by fritzk on August 06, 2017 at 18:11:01 [URL] [DELETE] :

I crashed the right front and knocked it out of alignment. re-aligned by adjusting tie rod ends but within 100' it was all spraddled again. loosened the steering column and removed the steering arms from the spindles and ran them back and forth until it seemed as if the steering column and the sector gears were meshing again. re-assembled and with the tires in the air, the steering wheel would turn both tires back and forth as if everything was okay. dropped the jack and drove 100' and its all spraddled again. Any ideas on what broke? is there any chance I busted the spindle in half? the bottom half of the spindle does not fall out when I jack the front end off of the ground. would I be able to reset everything and have it seem to work when its jacked up and go spraddle again in 100' if I had broken a sector gear? There is no rattling in there and both sector gears seem to have contact with the steering shaft throughout their full travel. where to next? thanks for the help

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