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Excessive play in steering

I have a 1980 ford f100 pickup truck that every so often gets extra play in the steering. It has a straight six and no power steering. I know ther is a way to adjust it I just don`t know wht it is. my father did it all the time.

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There should be a bolt sticking out of the steering box with 1 or 2 nuts on the bolt. This is a thrust setting which puts load on the steering gear. Most people jack the front wheels off the ground and then back off the nut or nuts. You then turn the bolt to screw further into the steering box until you have 1/2 inch or less of play in the steering wheel. Then tighten the nut or nuts down and recheck to see if setting held.

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There are two sets of two wires across this combined neutral safety and backup light switch, for a total of 4 wires. Photos are at the end of this post.

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D0TZ-7B097-B .. Lever, Neutral Switch Actuator = From FTE sponsor DIRECT FORD PARTS: Ford suggested retail price: $18.72 / FTE member net: $13.23.

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1978 is the FIRST year the F100/350's have the neutral switch mounted on the transmission. __________________

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Back of neutral / reverse switch, showing the wiring attachments. Black with red stripe is the backup light wiring, Orange with blue stripe is the neutral safety switch, it prevents starting in gears other than neutral & park.

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