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Old 07-13-2013, 10:23 AM
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I have a 1950 Ford and it is hard to steer. I plan to rebuild the steering box, but before I do, I was wondering if there is any way to test it to make sure this is the problem
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Disconnect the drag link from the pitman arm. You can the isolate where the stiffness originates.
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I have a 1950 Ford and it is hard to steer. I plan to rebuild the steering box, but before I do, I was wondering if there is any way to test it to make sure this is the problem
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These older cars had an armstrong steering system, for sure.
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If your car has radial tires, the steering will be more difficult due to the larger "footprint" of the radials, vs. bias ply tires, especially at low speeds.
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Check your king pins. These will freeze up over time. If it has bronze bushings you can heat these and force grease thur them. Some have nylon bushings if this is the case you will rebuild the king pins. Because if you get the nylon to hot it will melt.Grease until you get grease coming out of top and bottom of the spindle bushings.I assume this is a truck and not a car.
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First jack up the front and see if it get's any easier...
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Well Mr.Don... What I was getting at.. If you jack it up and then turn it to see if it's still hard with the weight off it,, If it is,,, I would Un-do the tie rod ends off,,, If it's still hard keep un-doing until you get to the box it's self,,,, By doing this it will let you know what is causing it to be hard,,, If you keep trying this all the way back to the box,,,,Turnning the wheel each time will let you know,,, If each time it's still hard,, Move on to the next thing you can unhook,,, If it happens to get easy once you undo something,,, You found the hard spot that is causing your problem,,, Just a way to narrow it down,,, Will take some time to do it but you should find it,,, Hope this makes sence... If not shoot me another PM and I will give you my # so I can better explaine...Good luck..[/QUOTE]
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