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GlennWest

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I had kingpin bushings replaced, 4 wheel alignment done. Wow , what a difference. Still have some play, not real bad though. It is coming from the steering box. I am considering replacing it. Anyone done this? Looks simple job but it also looks heavy.

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I did a search and nothing came up. Mine has no adjustment, at least not externally. It's not real bad but enough that if you hit a spot in road that would move the steering it will due to play in it. All that is in resource guide is drag links. All my suspension is good now. 4 wheel alignment done. I just want that looseness gone from steering. Want new feel. That will be a re manufactured box.

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Well after reading that link believe I will go back out there and look again. I and Glenn at Truck Alignment in Huntington looked and didn't find one.

Well after reading that link believe I will go back out there and look again. I and Glenn at Truck Alignment in Huntington looked and didn't find one.

Maybe you will be lucky and have an adjuster rather than having to replace the whole box. Might be a lot cheaper. I say might because when I try to do some of my own projects, I end up costing myself more in the end than just replacing. :). Remember back in the 70's replacing a torn diaphragm in a brake master cylinder and could not get the spring loaded front cover to go back on. Three hours later threw it on the floor and beat it senseless with a 12 lb. sledgehammer. Had to go to a salvage yard and buy another assembly. Was too poor in those days to buy new. Glad age gave me a little more patience.

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For future reference it takes a special puller to remove the arm from the gearbox. Of course with your skills you can build a puller. It was worth the $300 to have mine changed out. I supplies the rebuilt gearbox. Mine had a severe hemerage measures in gallons of fluid per mile.

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Be very careful adjusting the lash in a steering box. There is a proper procedure and it must be followed for long term safety. Each brand is different. The play could be caused by worn bearings interior to the box, and over tightening the lash will cause failure on the road. It happened to me. Most pinion gears in these boxes are not a true arc and must be centered when the worm is tightened against it. The end play is also important to adjust on most boxes.

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Be very careful adjusting the lash in a steering box. There is a proper procedure and it must be followed for long term safety. Each brand is different. The play could be caused by worn bearings interior to the box, and over tightening the lash will cause failure on the road. It happened to me. Most pinion gears in these boxes are not a true arc and must be centered when the worm is tightened against it. The end play is also important to adjust on most boxes.

I've heard the same. If you take out the lash in the center you risk binding/breakage/failure at the extremes. Hundreds of thousands of miles traveling mostly straight. Most wear is at the center.

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What happened to me, the end bearing, the one the steering shaft rides, failed with a bang. I was on the road with two and a half turns of wheel play right to left. My fault trying to get more from old wrecks.

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It is fine thread adjuster. I turned it not over 1 turn. It tightened some when I locked nut down. Adjustment was 3/4 and it moved on tighten. That why I stated about 1 turn. It had a little play at 3/4 none after I tightened down.

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