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F250 Steering Gearbox

Does anybody know if it is a simple job to replace a steering gearbox?
Assuming one just has hand tools? Or should I pay up to have a shop
do the work?
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i need to know my self. steering wheel has 8 inches of play in it. and getting worse!
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i need to know my self. steering wheel has 8 inches of play in it. and getting worse!


You sound like me. I see that Advanced Auto sells a refurbished one for $200,
and the local shop will do the install for $250. I'm just looking to save the $250
and do it myself if possible.
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Have you tried adjusting your steering box? It may not fix it, but it is worth a try.

Remove the left side CAC tube, hold the set screw with an Allen wrench and loosen jam nut, run the set screw in until it tightens, back off slightly, tighten jam nut.

If it doesn't help, you were planning to replace it anyway, so there's no great loss.

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It's pretty easy to swap the box. although you will need a pitman arm puller. other than that, basic hand tools should be all you need. The puller can be rented from any parts place usually. although, come to think of it, I rented the largest puller my parts store had and it still didn't fit, I think i used a dead blow to get the pitman arm off my old box.

Here's a good write up I found when I swapped mine. conveniently gives you a tool break down as well! Hope that helps.

I replaced my steering gear box and power steering pump at the same time. I started the job around 6 or 7 on a saturday night and I think I finished it around 2am if memory serves me.

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It's not too bad, I did mine in about three hours. I would suggest getting an adjustable pitman arm puller, I couldn't find one that was big enough and ended up getting the adjustable one. The biggest problem for me was getting the draglink off the pitman arm. Use a BFH and spray it with PB Blaster a few days before.


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