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Old 05-29-2004, 06:49 PM
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Steering slop

I have a 72 El Camino SS that has power steering. I have taken up all the slack that I can with the adjuster. As I drive in a straight line there is about an inch and a half of play. Then when the car starts to turn it continues in that direction. So you must "drive" the car at all times, unlike a late model where there is constant input but with more subtle results. Is there another steering box that I can use ?

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Old 05-31-2004, 03:05 PM
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when you say 'adjust', is this something that you adjusted on the rack itself, or are you talking about the steering coupling from the column to the box? because i think these can get sloppy depending on what type you have.

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Old 05-31-2004, 03:45 PM
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I am talking about the adjustment on the steering box with the hex bolt and the allen bolt...........jerry
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You can also make an adjustment with the big spanner nut, where the shaft goes into the box.

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so does the column go straight into the box? and the only adjustment you have is the worm gear? if you can't get it any tighter i think the only other thing to do would be to put on a shorter pitman arm if you can find one so the steering doesn't swing out as fast as it does now.

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Yes the column goes directley into the box.
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If you get the worm gear adj. to tight, it's worse than a loose one. Adj the thrust at the top end, you will need an adjustable spanner wrench. But check all the tie rod ends and the cross link for slack, if there is any, adjusting the sector will not help.

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gearbox adjustment

i have manual steering gear box and i have almost a quarter turn of slop.
I see a nut and a screw head along the axis of the arm (not the column) and was wondering which way to turn it to get the slop out. and will the nut adjustment on the column side help also if this does not?
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I have no idea what you are working on.
How about a picture?

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Most G.M. boxes are interchangeable. Measure to be sure, since I haven't done this in a Chevelle, but I'd go to a box from a Z28. I just put a 86 IROC box in 79 Elcamino. 2.25 turns lock to lock, and as long as you only use the box, not the pitman arm or trailing link from the donor car, it bolts right in with no changes to the turning radius. The older Z boxes were only 2.5 turns.

Oh I forgot. The newer box uses metric fittings that you will have to get changed to fit your pump. Any competent hydraulic place can do it for you. The earlier box {before 82} will use the same fitting
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these boxes are not lifetime items, especially if somebody adjusted it incorrectly in the past and chewed up the worm gear. Its likely with that much slack (AN INCH AND A HALF?!?!) that something else is loose. This is probably the addition of two or three things in your column that are sloppy. In many cars the steering column is in several sections and bolts together by the firewall. This joint can have slop. IF there is a cuff on the shaft, these are also notorious for slop. Furthermore, the splines that enter the steering box from the shaft can wear and cause slop. Unless there are teeth missing in the steering box, the box is not going to cause an inch and a half of slop, IMO.

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