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Steering box adjustment, how

89 astro/safari steering wheel has almost four inches of travel without affecting any action on the front wheels. truck has been aligned and the ball joints, idlers, tierods and sleves have all been checked by a certified mechanic and found to be good. His recomedation is to adjust the steering box. how is this done? g. vancouver bc

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Before you do this procedure, check the rubber or universal joint connector between steering column and the steering gear. If it's worn it will cause looseness and there's your problem. Otherwise, there is a threaded screw with a lock nut on the top of steering gear. Clean threads first. Put a large flat screwdriver on the screw and loosen the lock nut. Back it off several turns. Now, screw the screw down into the gear box. Not too tight though. Your actually jamming the gears back together. Back it off a 1/2 turn or so and run it back in lightly. Hold the screwdriver and tighten the lock nut. This is usually effective.

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I have a steering problem with 1998 chevy s10 2 wheel drive i replaced the steering gear box and center link and inner tierods and now the steering wheel wont turn whats my problem

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Alignment refers to the way your car's wheels are positioned. Your wheels should be parallel and facing forward.

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When your wheels are properly aligned, you'll get better gas mileage, your tires will last longer, steering will be easier, and your ride will be smoother and safer.

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