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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

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    Park the vehicle on a level surface and make sure the front wheels are pointing straight ahead. Make sure the vehicle is in park (or in gear if you have manual transmission) and set the parking brake.

    Disconnect the pitman arm from the steering box from underneath the front of the vehicle by turning the holding bolt in a counterclockwise direction with an adjustable wrench. Place a pitman arm puller (available at auto parts stores) over the pitman arm and tighten the nut on the puller in a clockwise direction with an adjustable wrench until the pitman arm loosens from the steering box shaft. Remove the pitman arm and the puller.

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