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Old 03-09-2005, 09:17 PM
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Need help fast.... Steering wheel just keeps spinning

Well i have a 1970 mercury cougar with a 351 Cleavland and it came with power steering from factory. Well this car has been restored and i have been driving it about 3 days .... not allot. But it doesn't have the power assist or power steering hooked up . Im not sure why but its been turning difficultly ( yes i know strong arm standard steering) it turns and then skips .. then grabs and turns .... then slips then turns fine .. then slips allot and now its just free wheeling .. no grabbing just spinning. I can see the steering wheel is tight , the steering column turns but it doesn't engage the gears in the box. My theory is that Ive some how munched the gears inside the box. Maybe bec. it doesn't need to be strong bec. it has the pump and cylinder to take the pressure off it . I really don't know , and i need to figure it out cause i may need to get the box rebuilt or fixed and its got me worried ...

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There is an adjustment on top of your steering box , in line with the pitman arm shaft. You can recognize it by the nut on a threaded stud that has either a screw driver slot, allen socket or other type end that lets you turn the stud. Loosen the nut (you may find it already loose) and screw the stud in until you start feeling resistance. This sets the steering pawl deeper into the worm gear and should solve your problem unless you have damaged it beyond repair. Now get your power steering hooked up!!

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Old 03-12-2005, 01:19 PM
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Wow .. thanks trees for the help ill see if it works. Desperation is the best motivator, i sniffed out a box from a 68 mustang coupe and think its the same so if this doesn't work ill try it. I hope the pitman arms are the same cause there difficult to change. I thought this thread was invisible. Its been a few days, with only gander ers .

thanks again for the help
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skipss...

i dont know about you but when i changed my powersteering pump on my 71 goat.. i set it all up as was told... put fluid in it and bled it... now i had the same problem as you are having... so i went to a buddy of mine and he told me that when i pulled the lines on the gear box i got air inside there and that i needed to bleed the steering gear boxx.... i had him do it... no more problems for me... but i hope you have it figured out... .good luck
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