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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 10-06-2009, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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I was at the suspension shop and they did an alignment. When I left there was HUGE play in the steering and it was like driving a Mack Truck. I went back and they "adjusted" the play and now the dam thing takes two hands to move the wheel. As I seem to have upset the mechanic who worked on my truck is there a quick adjustment that I can make to back off the steering pressure? On my old 76 Colt I could loosen a nut and adjust the rack with a screwdriver and then tighten the nut. Does that adjustment exist on our trucks?

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Must be something if they can change it... last time I complained about steering play they replaced the ball joint looking unit for the steering "track bar" (I believe thats what it is)

My old Fords used to have that adjustment but I haven't looked on this one

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It has a new track bar and the play bad then non existant happend with out it being replaced

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Maybe they adjusted the steering box? If by "play" you mean, driving down the road, you can turn the wheel back and forth loosely, over a small arc. If they tightened the box, I think it is adjustment on top of the box (above the pitman arm). There should be a jam nut and the adjuster. Loosen the jam nut, then back off the adjustment nut slightly and tighten the jam nut again. Maybe someone who has actually done this themselves can confirm this. I've only read about it. This procedure tightens the sector shaft (that the pitman is mounted to), making the box have less play between the steering column and sector/pitman.
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I will try that. Sounds logical

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I will try that. Sounds logical
Just remember to make very small adjustments. Think of adjusting forks on a bicycle. Tighten the forks TOO much and they will bind on the bearings when steering the handlebars, but too little, and the forks/handlebars will clunk around.
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Do you have any documents from the alignment shop stating what they did? You may need those later if that weak steering gearbox goes.

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hate people like that. If you make a mistake on someones vehicle it is your obligation to fix it.

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