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There is only 1 adjustment possible. The steering gear box has a slotted bolt sticking up. There are 1 or 2 nuts on this bolt and they lock the bolt into position. Jack the front end of the truck up and take some of the weight off the front wheels. Then unjam the nuts from the steering bolt and tighten the slotted bolt until it bottoms out into the steering box.

You should have slight pressure on the slotted bolt, and less than 1 inch of play in the steering wheel 1/2 inch of play is even better but do not overtighten the steering box bolt. Then lock down the jamnuts.

For wandering in the suspension after this adjustment, you are talking about wornout parts. Any of the tierod ends, the front idler arm, or the pitman arm can have excess play. You do not want to try to adjust play out of a tierod. The ends are suppose to be tight enough to not rock in their sockets before the tierod moves. A frontend alignment can help some steering problems.

Some of the Idler arms and Pitman arms can be replaced without a frontend alignment, but it is recommended. Also the parts may need specific pullers and have substantial attaching bolts.

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Tie rod ends, ball joints, and there is an adjustment on the steering box

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What year is your vehicle? If it is older and is equipped with a gearbox instead of rack and pinion you need to take the slack out of the gearbox. There is an adjustment nut on top of the gearbox. You will need a ratchet with a long extension and a socket, I think its 17mm. You will see the nut with a slotted post in the middle. Loosen the nut then use a long screwdriver to tighten the screw about 1/4 of an inch. Dont tighten it too much you can cause the steering to bind if you do and ruin your gearbox. Just tighten it enough to take the salck out,. I had to do this on my 95 bronco.

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