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Got a 83' 359 pete with some slop in the steering gear box, is there anyway to fix that without replacing the box? It looks like it has 2 adjustment screws with jam nuts on the bottom. Thanks
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Got a 83' 359 pete with some slop in the steering gear box, is there anyway to fix that without replacing the box? It looks like it has 2 adjustment screws with jam nuts on the bottom. Thanks
I have been told that you don't want to try to adjust the box. Heard of a guy doing that and missed a curve. I guess it was fine for a while but totally went to hell and caused a crash. Our mechanic refuses to touch one, he said just swap it it's not worth the risk. But maybe yours is different than the newer ones.
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I have been told that you don't want to try to adjust the box. Heard of a guy doing that and missed a curve. I guess it was fine for a while but totally went to hell and caused a crash. Our mechanic refuses to touch one, he said just swap it it's not worth the risk. But maybe yours is different than the newer ones.
Well you can adjust the sector shaft (thats wear the play is) dont touch the adjustments on the end's of the box thats the steering stop/ relef. the sector shaft if adjusted to tight on a worn box WILL bind when you make a full left or right turn. so hears how you do it the sefe way, the adjustment is in the rear of the box towards the frame in the middle of the box. There is ushualy a hole in the frame rail to get to the jam nut and adjuster. Now jack up the truck and turn the wheel to the left or right, turn in on the adjuster untill you feal increased pressure mabe a 1/4 turn, lock your jam nut and turn the wheel to the other extreme (with the truck off) feal for bindeing if there is bindeingback off on your adjustment. how mutch you can adjust depends on if it binds when you make a full turn bindeing is BAD you may have steering problems if you set it tight as stated

I still requemend replaceing the box but its up to you. good luck
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Got a 83' 359 pete with some slop in the steering gear box, is there anyway to fix that without replacing the box? It looks like it has 2 adjustment screws with jam nuts on the bottom. Thanks
id replace with rebuilt, dont chance it. i put new one on mine and drives like a new one now...
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What brand and model? Procedure might be listed in my F-liner manual (it covers several types).

I did mine about two years ago. Got it back to like new play in steering wheel.

It warned that the adjusting screw is staked in (!!!) and if you turn it wrong the sector shaft can just come right out while driving. Sounds like an unsafe design to me. All that stands between staying alive or crashing and burning is a staked in screw! WTF?
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lol well ill just get a new one! Any rough idea what they cost?
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last one i bought was like 500 exchange

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