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How to adjust the steering box
I saw that there are a few threads on how to adjust the steering box but to save a few people time i figured i would list the tools needed or rather the ones i used.
3/16 Allen wrench
17mm box end with ratchet style end
5/8 box end and 11/16 box end for added leverage
1. Locate the adjustment screw on the top of the steering box. There are 4 bolts holding a little plate in place and the screw is in the center of that. You can see it if you look directly to the right of the lower radiator hose that is on the drivers side of the truck on the outlet of the engine. You can also see it from the bottom of the truck looking up near the fan shroud. There is a little notch in the shroud that gives you a little access to the screw.
2. Mark the end of the screw were the 3/16 allen head with a paint pen.
3. I took the 17mm nut completely off to make getting to the 5/8 nut easier. You could just losen the 17mm nut and then the 5/8, it is up to you. Once both nuts are lose make sure that the screw didn't move. Now take the 5/8 wrench and then turn the 3/16 allen clockwise when viewed looking down. I turned mine a full turn and then took it for a quick test drive. I did notice that once the 5.8 nut was lose, a little bit of fluid came out. I am hoping that now that the nuts are back tight that it doesn't continue to leak.
4. Long story short, one full turn of the screw solved my sloppy steering issues. The truck has nearly 100k on the clock so a little slop was to be expected i guess.
Hope this helps a few of you with steering play.
I plan on replacing the box when it runs out of adjustment or i find $500 to send to Redhead so i can get a new one.
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