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Slack adjustment in steering gear box
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
There should be two adjustments on your steering box. Loosen the large ring nut at the end of the box and tighten the center adjuster to zero clearance. When re-tightening large ring nut, make sure that adjuster does not turn with it (sometimes it helps to adjust a bit looser so the adjuster ends up where you want it) You will also find another adjustment on the cover opposite the pitman arm shaft. Adjust with wheels off the ground and make sure that after adjustment is made box does not bind. If any binding is noted, back off a bit.
Posted on Jun 08, 2009
most of the good rebuild kits have the diagram in it there is not that much in there secter shaft worm gear + some seals and the parts are
not cheap you may be better off with a good used one with fresh seals
Posted on Jan 11, 2010
Yes there are Pitman shaft over-center preload and worm thrust bearing preload.There are special procedures and tools needed for both of these and the steering gear needs to be out of vehicle and drained.Hope this helps.
Posted on Feb 14, 2010
The gear boxes are just cheaply designed and made, its a very very common problem with these Dodge's. Even the new ones experience whats called the "death wobble", where the truck will all of a sudden veer left or right. The most common things ive replaced on these trucks to cure it is the track bar, and the gear box. $500 sounds about right for a new one, they arent very cheap.
Posted on Mar 28, 2010
Have the front end alignment checked as it may the cause of wandering. With the truck parked and the steering centered, but the engine running, wiggle the steering wheel back and forth while watching the left front wheel. It should respond to the steering action without any observable slack. Have someone watch both front wheels while doing this and see if there is slack between the two wheels. Any slack here is indicative of slop in the cross-wheel coupling. Hope this helps!
Posted on Apr 12, 2010
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