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Old 02-17-2003, 04:45 AM
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Hey, are steering gear boxes serviceable? What adjustments, if any, can be made to the thing. The rest of the steering has been given the AOK by a local repair shop but the steering still has a little side to side play. This is on a 94' suburban. Thought about installing one of those steering stabilizers.

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Have someone move the steering wheel slightly from side to side while you are watching the box at the input shaft and also the output shaft (sector shaft so this won't start another argument).

If it seems to be a large amount of freeplay, you can determine at this point whether it is in the steering coupling, the box itself (compare input to output movement) or in the steering linkage.

There is an adjustment for the sector shaft movement in the box. Refer to the proper service manual before attempting any adjusment.

Low p/s fluid or even a lose drive belt can cause wandering.
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KULTULZ is right about the adjustment of the box. Keep in mind that if there is considerable wear in the gears, it will cause problems. By adjusting the play out, sometimes it causes the gear clearances on other parts of the gears to be too close. This causes binding when turning. Make sure you follow directions in a service manual.
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Is there a place out here in cyberspace to get the service instructions without buying a manual?

Nothin in my Chilton book. (never is)
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On the input shaft of your steering box there should be what looks like a (lock nut washer)spray some wd-40 on it take a hammer and punch loosen that washer up,inside that washer is a nut tighten that in alittle retighten outside washer,nay have to repeat should help
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If you adjust and feel a high spot or bind in a certain postion of the steering wheel, back it off. This is a sure sign of needing an overhaul. These things can lock-up at the most inopportune times...

Most factory methods actually call for removing the box and adjusting it on the bench so that you can actually measure the amount of effort needed to move the sector gear and not the amount of effort required to move all of the steering linkage.
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Every shop manual I have ever read requires all steering box adjustment to be done with the pitman arm (steering arm to which tie rod end attaches at the box) removed. NEVER adjust steering without consulting the appropriate service manual (many are available at your local library, Chilton, etc.).
Many good steering boxes have been ruined by uneducated improper adjustments, to say nothing of those same adjustments making the car a "dangerous" beast to drive.
Remember, all you car has to do to keep you and yours alive is to steer and stop!
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wasn't trying to mislead,thanks for telling the proper way of adjustment
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