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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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=XjOYQcRx_hc this is from a dakota but the procedure is the same

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