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Old June 10th, 2005, 05:49 PM
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With the steering box in the straight ahead position you need to adjust out the play in the steering box by tightening the screw. As you turn the wheel to one side or the other there is more and more play in the steering box, this is normal and the reason why the steering box needs to be straight ahead when you make this adjustment

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The problem is I still have a lot of play if I turn the input shaft by hand - even when I overtightened it, and it turns pretty easy too. I dunno, i'll drive it bit like this and see.

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Are you sure the drop arm is tight on the output shaft of the steering box?
My drop arm on the 90 has a habit of coming slightly lose
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With the steering box in the straight ahead position you need to adjust out the play in the steering box by tightening the screw. As you turn the wheel to one side or the other there is more and more play in the steering box, this is normal and the reason why the steering box needs to be straight ahead when you make this adjustment
I'm losing you now. I thought as the screw is tightened there should be *less* play. Also what I am facing is even when I tightened the screw, i could still turn the shaft easily. Is there a foolproof way I can make sure its not too tight (or too loose)?

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Are you sure the drop arm is tight on the output shaft of the steering box?
My drop arm on the 90 has a habit of coming slightly lose
Pretty sure, but I'll check

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With a perfectly set up steering box there is no play in the steering in the straight ahead position. On full lock either way there is a huge amount of play in the steering box, this is normal. We're not talking rack & pinion steering here. You don't feel the play when cornering because forces are trying the straighten the wheel and you're trying to turn the wheel.
Make sure there's no play elsewhere in the system, ball joints, drop arm on tight( that being lose causes a huge amount of slop in the system) no wear in the steering UJs etc. because you can't adjust that out with the steering box.
With the steering box in the straight ahead position you need to adjust out as much play as possible, back off the lock nut and wind in the screw gently. Wind in the screw while rocking the steering input shaft by hand. You should feel the play in the system reducing until theres no slop and a twist at the input shaft causes movement in the drop arm. Aim on the cautious side of tight, too much will cause wear on the internals of the steering box.
Hope this is clearer. It's quite easy to do with practice but more tricky to explain.
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Do the front wheels really need to be jacked? Further, should the engine be running? I've read several sets of instructions and its a bit ambiguous.
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Jacked wheels - no.
Engine running - not sure I don't have power steering but I wouldn't think so.
Wheels do need to be straight ahead as explained nearly 9 years ago!
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No need to have the engine running and I don't recommend it for safety. Wicked old thread!
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Glad it came back up. Great write ups. I put a new meridian and need to get things centered up.
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Oh and welcome to defendersource mech
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