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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:11 pm    Post subject: can't figure it out w/ steering Reply with quote

i have a 63 with new tie rods and ends, new link pins, and new trw steering box. Ive lifted it at work and checked everything, pitmann arm, tie rod ends, coupler to steering box. I have 4 to 5 inches of play in the steering wheel. I know the screw on top of the box wont get rid of the play so i tried adjusting the large adjuster with a bolt head and it didnt really do much. My manual sucks pretty bad and is really shady on instructions. Am I doing something wrong? What is the correct way to adjust the box to get rid of this play? I love driving my car but this is a safety issue. Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check the pinch bolts that connect the steering coupler disk to the steering column and to the steering box. If you don't have them tight enough, they'll slip and you'll get play.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

already triple checked them. That was actually slipping a couple weeks ago but i got it situated. when i had it on the lift i was turning the steering shaft and watching the lower shaft and pitman arm take a second before moving. its clearly in the box
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you feel that amount of play in the box before it was installed?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i didnt even really check it. i figured whatever its new. Now im learning the hard way
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you make sure your pitman arm is set to the correct torque spec? After replacing my steering box I had tons of play and started messing with the adjuster screw. I was going crazy trying to get the play out but nothing would work. I finally remembered that I had just tightened it with the ratchet. After setting to the correct torque the play disapeared but left steering too tight due to all of the screwing with the adjuster.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

im having the same problem on my 66 (bj beam).

someone said to torque them the pinch bolt...happen to know the torque spec? and where is this adjustment screw. i just bolted it in place when i freshened to whole front end and expected it to be just fine
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The pitman arm nut should be 72ft.lbs.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thank you. ill tighten it up and see if that takes care of it
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

puttin slow wrote:
i didnt even really check it. i figured whatever its new. Now im learning the hard way


I was just trying to see if it was like that before being installed or if it started after.
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