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SOURCE: have saginaw manual steering gear box on 70

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

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SOURCE: leaking pitman arm seal at gear box

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

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SOURCE: Is there an adjustment on a 1999 suburban steering gear box

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.

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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.

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SOURCE: I have a 97 K1500 with some loose steering issues.

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!

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it is called a steering box not a gear box and the adjustment will be in the steering box or in the rack and pinion

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How do I remove the slack in the steering on a 1995 toyota 4runner


In rack and pinion steering, they are long and tube like to look at, the wear that takes place that causes play is the rack ends. You have to
take the boots off and unscrew the rack end, always fit new units .
With recirculating ball steering boxes, you adjust the end play on the sctor shaft on top of the box with the wheels up off the ground, make sure that there are no tight spots when you spin the steering wheel from lock to lock as you adjust the play out.

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I have a 91 ford f150 and have a lot of slack in the steering it's seems to be in the gear box is there any way to repair or take the slack .


Many components in your front end can cause slack in your steering. ball joints, tie-rods, etc... Make sure that all these components are in good repair. THEN if you're confident that your steering box is faulty you can go to the site below and get one from them. They're known for building excellent steering boxes for ford trucks and broncos. I believe you will need to send them your core and they will send you back a remanufactured (better than oem) one.
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Jan 19, 2012 | 1991 Ford F150

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I have 97 chinok motorhome on e350 chasis. have replaced all 4ball joints, new shocks,front end inspected,new steering stabilizer,new tires but still hve a wander in steering. would any one have any ideas?...


You said that you had the front end inspected so I assume that all 4 tie rod ends are good and the front end was aligned. Changing parts without re-alignment can create a wandering condition.If that is the case then your problem could be play in the steering box, which should have some adjustment. You should also check the bushings in your control arms. They are rubber and will deteriorate over time, creating excessive play in the front end. Hope this helps.

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How do i adjust steering linkage so there isnt as much play in it


The only adjustment you can make would be the thrust bearing in the steering box. This is the bolt with the straight slot on top and it has a nut at the base. You would raise the front wheels to get the weight off, and then have an assistant move the steering wheel slightly left, slightly right. Unscrew the base nut and tighten the slotted stem bolt down until you get less slop in the steering gears.
There should be some play.

The tierod ends, both inner and outer should be tight. The threads you see on the rods are for Front-end Alignment only, and are not meant to tighten any slack. There should be no slack. You have a pivot arm on the opposite side of the frame from the steering box. The bushing in this arm can wear out, check for slack. It can be changed independently without affecting alignment.

Everyone has a method. Mine is to keep 1 wheel on the ground and jack the weight off the other so I can feel the play side to side. Remember to check your Balljoints while you do the linkage. It is possible to have 1 bad tierod end causing all the problems.

Jul 18, 2010 | 1988 Ford F 150

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I have a 97 K1500 with some loose steering issues. I have replaced everything that has anything to do with steering except steering gear and powerstearing pump and it all helped a lot but it still seems to...


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!

Apr 12, 2010 | 1997 Chevrolet K1500

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I have been told that my 98 Dodge truck which has 56,000 miles needs a new steering gear box. Steering wheel has about 2 to 3 inches of slack. Have put on a track bar and a tie rod for 700 bucks and still...


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.

Mar 28, 2010 | 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 4WD

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How do you adjust the steering box


There is an adjustmen screw on the opposite end of the pitman shaft. If the box is behind the frame There should be an access hole. Raise the veficle off the ground, front wheelsno load. Loosen the adjustment screw and and turn it to the right holding the lock nut.. Move steering wheel back and forth to help take your adjustment. When you feel you have taken up all the slack, turn your steering wheel from one extreme to the other, fulll left and right while feeling for any binding or sluggishness. If you are adjust too tigh, the steering may bind or not return on or after a turn. Ok, O play in pitman shaft. Back adjuster off 1/4 to half turn and lock down with nut. Cycle steering again, full L & R.. You should be set Now lower the front end, cycle steering again and make sure it is smooth and consistant. Check all other steering componants for excessive wear and play before adjusting the box. Repair other defects found. Be cautious in turns until you are absolutely sure the steering will return on its ow. Tets, test, test !!!! Ned

Sep 26, 2009 | 1999 Chevrolet Suburban

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1/6 turn of slack in steering


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.
Drive the vehicle a few blocks, check the steering out. Come back, and do adjustment some more if necessary.

It's a fine line between too tight, and removing slack. DO NOT drive it being too tight. Readjust until it's right.
If your vehicle is an '83 Jeep, it's 26 years old. The steering box may be worn out.

Aug 05, 2009 | 1983 Jeep CJ7

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