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Old 12-29-2005, 07:30 PM
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Steering Lash Adjustment Problem

I'm doing a complete overhaul on the steering box on my '62 Corvette. I've installed all new bearings, races, worm and sector gear. Everything went smoothly until I tried to adjust the last to get the correct pull in lbs over the high point. The lash adjuster screw is all the way out and when I tighten the four bolts for the lash cover it tightens the lash too much and it takes too much pull on the wheel to get it over the high spot. If I back off a little on the four bolts it is just enough to back off the lash and the effort to pull the wheel over the high spot. Any ideas on how to correct this? Only solution I can come up with is to make a metal shim to space the cover out just a little so I can get the proper lash adjustment,would this be a correct solution?
Everything turns smoothly up to the point of tightening the 4 bolts on the lash cover and the screw is out all the way.

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Is it possible that the rack gear is installed upside down? The teeth usually have quite a bit of taper, which would raise the sector gear if it were installed upside down. In my experience, the sector drops quite a ways down into the box before zero lash. Just a guess, good luck.
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