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Play between the steering wheel and power steering unit.

How to take up the play between the steering wheel and the power steering unit. the vehicle ha 218500 miles on it. I thnk there is a way to adjust for this wear.

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There are 2 sources of play.
There is always a universal in the shaft. It is often just a rubber disk, with crossed T adapters. And the rubber cracks.
The other is in the steering box, and there is a nut over a stud with a screwdriver slot in it.
It is best to adjust this with the wheels off the ground, pointing straight.
You loosen the nut, turn the screwdriver slot in the stud inward until there is a feeling of bottoming out. Then ever so slightly back enough to release any pressure. Tighten the nut without allowing the stud to turn.
If you do it in any other position then straight, it will be too tight when you are straight, because the steering box is intended to loosen up when not straight, to reduce wear.

Posted on May 28, 2010

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