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steering question

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by johnnysjimmy, May 30, 2001.

  1. johnnysjimmy

    johnnysjimmy Registered Member

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    I recently changed my steering gear box. Once I did this I seem to have lost some of the angle I am able to turn on the right side. Is this common? Can It be fixed? If so How? please help out a newbie I am totally stumped on this one
     
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    Did you adjust the box before you installed it? Most usually require it. I'd go through the adjusting procedures one more time... should be 2 different adjustments for it... on being where the box is centered and the other is play or stiffness. Also are you sure the pitman arm went on in the same position it came off the old one and is centered when you wheel is centered?

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  3. johnnysjimmy

    johnnysjimmy Registered Member

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    thanks for the help. no! i did not adjust the box before i put it on i didn't know it had to be adjusted and don't have a clue how. the arm can only go back on one way because the bolt that holds it to the shaft must fit into a groove in the shaft so that it goes back on the right way.

    do you know how to adjust the box? what needs to be done?

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  4. newyorkin

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    I just went through the steering box swap nightmares. I ended up going back to the original box after 2 bad replacement boxes. I didn't know about any adjustments for pitman arm angle, but my angles worked right away.
    Are all the joints tight? Aside from adjusting the angle, that's the only thing I can think of. When you turn right, the steering arm goes up as it goes back, so you will have slightly less turn radius in right than turning left no matter what (unless you can find a way to mount the box perfectly level). I don't see why that would've changed with a new box, though, unless it has less travel than your old one, which wouldn't seem right. Did you do a lift at the same time perchance? that may have lost some angle on you, but you didn't mention it in the post, so I lean away from that.

    When I put my original box back in, it worked better than when I bought the truck with it, and the only reason I can think of is that I tightened everything when I re-installed it, or maybe I unknowingly re-centered it, but I didn't see any way to do that when I did the 3 swaps. Half my truck is loose from the PO, so I'm guessing the pitman arm-to-steering arm joint was loose causing my problems then.
    Check all the joints, especially at the pitman arm. If it's loose, I'd guess it might show those symptoms in right turns because of the upward travel of the pitman arm.
    Try adjusting first though! I'd guess that it should be adjusted no matter what.

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    Do you have a haynes manual? They will list the procedure in there... kinda of a long process to type out. I believe you'll need a torque wrench as well. If don't have a manual I can try printing the info off of AllData at work and see if I can get some digital pics to come out. It has been quite a few years since I've done the centering adjustment so I'd even need to double check [​IMG]

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    It isn't an angle adjustment... I belive they call it a worm gear adjustment... as I said It has been forever and a day since I've acyually done one. Most good quality boxes will be adjusted already... junk boxes like Cardone won't be.

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    Aha! Worm Gear adjustment. Then I know exactly what you're talking about! I've never done it though, so I'm useless here... My boxes were both used, so they were adjusted befoer I put them in. For some reason I thought you meant adjust the angling of the box on it's mounts, not adjustment internal to the box. Now I know what you're talking about.

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