There is nothing wrong with that box, That hard spot is supposed to be there.
That "tightness" is what helps keep your car from wandering when you are going in a straight line. That is why it is important to set up your steering linkage so that the box is centered.
There is actually a torque value in the book, (I have a factory manual for a vega, how weird is that?), that specifies the amount of torque to pull the steering wheel over the center. If I remember correctly the value is 8-16 INCH pounds max @ the steering wheel with the pitman arm removed. The same value with the steering gear removed is supposed to be 7-8 inch lbs (including thrust bearing preload of 4 in-lbs) . The torque is supposed to be measured with a dial type torque wrench of no more than 50 inch lbs. Try finding one of those LOL.
On a used box I would not set it that tight. I will post up the procedure if you want.
If I were you I would leave it alone unless it is extra tight or really loose.
Hope this helps, mikey
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Last edited by powerrodsmike; 05-28-2006 at 07:36 PM.