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65conv
Journeyman

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From: wpb, fl
Registered: May 2002

posted 07-02-2002 08:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65conv   Click Here to Email 65conv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
my stang has about 6 inches of play in the steering, which makes it kinda scary to drive at times, especially going over bumps. first of all, is this common? second, will a new steering box tighten it up?

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kcode
Gearhead

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From: alvaton,ky,usa Suburb of Bowling Green, M&M #79, MCA #29208
Registered: Jun 99

posted 07-02-2002 10:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kcode   Click Here to Email kcode     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are you saying that you can turn the wheel 6 inches or about 60 degrees before you feel any resistence? If that what I think you are saying, yes a new steering box is a necessity. Some play can be taken out with the adjustment of the sector shaft, but not that much.

Mike

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PonyDoc
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From: Ft. Lauderdale
Registered: Jun 2001

posted 07-03-2002 02:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PonyDoc   Click Here to Email PonyDoc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How much adjustment is eft on the adjusting screw? Has it ever been adjusted? If the screw sticks up 3/4" or more, it's likely you can solve your own problem. At least, it'll cost about $.50 to find out. Remove the 3 bolts on top of the box and then loosen the 11/16 nut around the screw. You may have to hold the screw w/ a screwdriver to keep it from moving. Twist the top to one side and you'll see that the grease has hardened and no longer greases the gears. Stick your grease gun nozzle inside and start pumping. Keep it going until it starts to come out. Twist the top to the other side and repeat. I then squirt some silicone inside to help protect the gears. Remember, you can't have too much grease or lube in the box. Replace the top and then turn the screw about 1 full turn, since you have so much play. Drive around the block and see if there is improvement. If it needs more adjusting, turn 1/2 turn at a time until you feel it almost snug when you steer. DO NOT overtighten. This WILL wear out the gears. It's better to have a little play than the rapid wear. Let us know how this works.

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mellowyellow
Gearhead

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From: So. Fl.
Registered: Aug 2000

posted 07-03-2002 06:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also, if you have power steering, there may be wear that can some of that play.

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