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Steering Box rebuilding

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Sparky, May 18, 2001.

  1. Sparky

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    I just finsished rebuilding my steering box to fix some leaks, but came up with some new problems. When I turn almost all the way to the left it feels like the box is hanging up a little bit and then it makes a bad clunk if you keep turning it. You can only feel it hang up when the tires are in the air so its not real bad. Evrything is tight, no bad ball joints, no fram cracking, rag joint is tight and good, etc. What would cause it to make that noise? Is there a bearing adjustment we missed? How do you set the pitman shaft adjustmen (the part with the lock nut and allen head screw)? What about where the steering column enters the box? How tight should the retainging ring and that funny two hole nut be? I'll try to clarify if you have any questions for me. Please help if you can!


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  2. dyeager535

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    I am almost 100% positive you have to set the bearing preload on these boxes with an in/lb wrench, from what i remember seeing in the service manual. Don't have one in front of me, but I do remember this.

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  3. Sparky

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    Ok, thanks! Anyone know what the in-lb setting is? Which one is the bearing preload? Please help asap so that I dont brake anything driveing the way it is. Thanks

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    6-10 inch pounds above the measurement you take after turning the over center adjustment bolt in one full turn after being all the way out. The bearing load is tightening that plug all the way down and the moving it back one half inch. Bada bing bada boom, done!

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    Is that plug you are refering to the one on the back of the box where the steering column connects?

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