Question about 1998 Chevrolet K2500
First, you have to slide the black plastic cover up the steering shaft to get it out of your way. The steering shaft is attached to the steering box with a splined coupling that is held on with one 11mm bolt (the bolt goes right to left). After the bolt is removed, the shaft will slide off of the box (with some persuasion from a prybar). Next, you have to remove the 2 power steering lines from the top of the steering box. After that, you get under the truck and use a pickle fork to steparate the pitman arm from the center link. Lastly, you remove the 4 bolts that hold the steering box to the truck frame. They run through the frame from the driver's side and screw into the steering box. Then all you have to do is wrestle the box out without smashing a finger.
Posted on Dec 22, 2008
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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.
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.
the hood and loosen the lock nut on top of the steering box from the engine
compartment with an adjustable wrench in a counterclockwise direction.
a torque wrench on the steering shaft and turn the wrench one complete turn.
Make sure the torque reading is approximately 2 inch pounds. Tighten the
adjusting nut on top of the steering box (it comes out of the center of the
lock nut) in a clockwise direction with an adjustable wrench one half turn if
the torque wrench reading is too low. Loosen the nut in a counterclockwise
direction if the reading is too high.
the steering shaft with the torque wrench again. Make adjustments to the
steering box adjusting nut as described in Step 4, if needed, until the correct
reading is obtained on the torque wrench.
sure the steering wheel is in the straight ahead position and reattach the
pitman arm to the bottom of the steering shaft on the steering box. Tighten the
holding nut in a clockwise direction with an adjustable wrench until the pitman
arm seats into place.
the lock nut on top of the steering box with an adjustable wrench in a clockwise
direction. Close the hood
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