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How do I adjust the steering gearbox? - 1988 Dodge Ram Wagon

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Dodge vans equipped with a saginaw gearbox and the adjustment is shown in this video this is from a dakota but the procedure is the same

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On top of the steering gearbox, is a threaded stud that has a slot in the head of it, and a nut on that stud.

Make sure the wheels are straight. Use a large flat tip screwdriver for that stud, take an end wrench, and loosen the nut.

Screw the stud down 1/8 to 1/4 turn. Tighten the nut. Check the slack. If the steering is too tight, back it off. Too loose, tighten a little more.
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