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adjust steering box or just replace?

truck has about 2" each way of play in the steering wheel. Drivers upper/ lower ball joints replaced tie rod and the long steering arm that connects to the pitman arm replaced 2 weeks ago. All spring bushings about 6000km. Everything under the dash is tight till it gets to the plastic cover right before the steering box. Did some research on adjustment but just can not come to do it with out proper guidance......Should i mess around with small increment adjustment or just replace the whole box? is a steering box replacement hard? If i replace box how about a p/s pump at the same time? Should i check anything else?
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its not that difficult to adjust.besides what do you have to lose, it might just get the play out.go to top of page and click on "great info for psd" then on the first post click the prodigy link,there will be instructions on how to adjust your steering box.

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My truck drove pretty loose when I bought it 4 or 5 years ago, it had 130,000 on it. I snugged up the box adjustment and she has been fine ever since. Took me about 15 minutes and two test drives to get her just right. That was about 90,000 miles ago.


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My truck drove pretty loose when I bought it 4 or 5 years ago, it had 130,000 on it. I snugged up the box adjustment and she has been fine ever since. Took me about 15 minutes and two test drives to get her just right. That was about 90,000 miles ago.
Do you remember how much you had to turn it b/c I was told by a local dealer tech when I asked about adjusting mine to only adjust a quarter turn at a time and check b/c he said if you get it to tight you will damage the gears in the box

I adjusted mine 1 1/4 turns and it helped but still has play but was scared to tighten anymore

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my truck has alot of play and im really tired of it. subscribing


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Its super easy to do jack up the front so the wheels are just off the ground,loosen up the jam nut and hold with 5/8 wrench,turn in allen skrew and bottom lightly, back off 1/4 turn, turn wheels from lock to lock to check for any drag in the center of the stroke if no drag is felt tighten it more if its tight in the center loosen it up a little, tighten jam nut and your dun

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