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Old 09-21-2008, 11:37 AM
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Write Up: Steering Wheel Play bad on your Superduty? First try this!

Well I never really dealt too much with steering components especially the steering box. I just picked up my 99 and off the bat it needed a Whole new Pitman Arm Tie Rod end and the other side that attached to the Pass Spindle. Both Boots on the Joints were shot. I replaced it with a better but not what it should be tight steering wheel. I started reading that the steering boxes are notorious for having to be replaced but no one ever mentioned of adjusting them!

Its simple first have someone just turn the steering wheel to see if you have more play in your steering shaft then your pitman arm(Bar that comes out of the steering box) Mine was bad you could almost make a 3/4 revolution and the pitman arm didn't move. Oh ya the car doesn't have to be on for this. Anyhow now that you know and have a feel, you will see on the topside looking down a lock nut right in the middle of the steering box. Bust the nut loose first with a ratchet( 5/8s socket) now get on the ground and stick a allen wrench on the top of the threaded rod and have someone hold it, while you back the nut off a 4-5 wrench turns(you will know how far you can go since its tight). Once thats done just turn the allen wrench all the way down till it wont tighten anymore and then snug the nut. See how it feels, if its still loose readjust it and give it some more turns or if its too tight back it off and do the opposite. Hopefully I described it good enough for everyone to understand. My Writing skills kind of suck! LOL! But I might save you a few hundo!
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Old 09-21-2008, 01:21 PM
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I have heard of many steering boxes being torn up by not adjusting them properly. I believe there is more to it than "see how it feels" I hope it works out for you though.

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Its best not to adjust it more then 1/4 turn at a time, and then go test drive.


Over tightening it is bad
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It is better to always back the screw off 1/4 turn after you touch down (not tight) on the steering gear. If you tighten it down too tight you will wear the gear and have to replace the gear box in a few thousand miles.
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I've heard that 'just tightening it down' the way you discribed can cause the gearbox to jam unexpectedly while driving, even if it feels ok at first... Yes, it does take the slop out, but not doing it exactly as the mfgr recomends can cause dangerous results... please be careful...
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