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Posts: 307
From: Florida
Registered: Oct 2001

posted 03-13-2002 11:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for beachbum        Reply w/Quote
Have a lot of play in the steering wheel on my 1968 Mustang [289] so I want to try and take out some of the play. It has power steering and I need some advice on how to do that. Can I do that adjusting my sector shaft adjusting screw in the steering gear housing?. Any help would be appreciated. The steering linkage seem to be OK.


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Registered: Jan 2002

posted 03-13-2002 01:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for quinn        Reply w/Quote
this may be a dumb suggestion but how are your tie-rod ends?


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From: Saco, Maine
Registered: May 99

posted 03-13-2002 01:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
Don't forget to look at the ragjoint, too. {coupler between steering column and steering box}

To adjust the sector shaft play, loosen the locknut and turn the shaft in until it lightly bottoms. Don't overtighten. Hold stud and tighten locknut.

It does help somewhat, but don't expect a miracle unless it was adjusted wrong.
What helps is to have someone turn the wheel back and forth and watch the components take up slack. The offender sticks out like a sore thumb. The engine doesn't even need to be running.


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From: Bloomfield, NY, USA. Western Finger Lakes, 65 Fastback, 69 Coupe MCA #-04549
Registered: Dec 2000

posted 03-13-2002 02:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike65        Reply w/Quote
Check the rag joint, the p/s control valve, The tie rod ends & the idler arm.

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From: Florida
Registered: Oct 2001

posted 03-15-2002 12:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for beachbum        Reply w/Quote
Thanks, I did check all things suggested and adjusted the sector shaft play. It really helped, the steering is a lot more positive now.

Ryan Wilke

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From: Stanton, Michigan, zip 48888
Registered: Oct 2000

posted 03-15-2002 06:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke        Reply w/Quote
When adjusting the sector shaft, doesn't the steering wheel need to be turned off of straight? In other words, with the steering turned to one side or the other, so as not to tighten it down while the shaft is in the "center detent position"?



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From: So. Fl.
Registered: Aug 2000

posted 03-15-2002 06:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow        Reply w/Quote
I did mine with wheels straight. It wasn' too bad so I started with a very slight screw in. After first adjustment, it was fine. Still is. It seems like the PS is often the culprit.


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From: Ft. Lauderdale
Registered: Jun 2001

posted 03-16-2002 12:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PonyDoc        Reply w/Quote
You will also need to check the grease inside the box. My guess is that it's as solid as a rock! Remove the 3 bolts on top and then loosen the 11/16 not on the adjusting screw. Turn the top to one side and stick your grease gun nozzle inside and pump away. Turn the top the other way and repeat. I then squirt some silicone inside as a lube, then replace everything. You may need to adjust the steering a bit after that, trying about 1/2 turn at a time, then drive around the block. Let me know how it turns out.

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