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Offline hooD

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Trying to remove the play in my steering box
« on: July 31, 2017 - 10:43:00 pm »
Both upper and lower ball joints on both sides were replaced.  The pitman arm was replaced too.  Front end was realigned to factory specs.
The steering is much better.  But there is some play in the steering wheel.   

I was told that if i loosened the steering box nut and turned the adjustment screw with an allen wrench CCW an eighth to a quarter turn it may help.
Is this how it's done? 
-Larry
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Re: Trying to remove the play in my steering box
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2017 - 12:17:50 am »
Hey Larry  :wave:
Check that the coupler is not sloppy as well... Here's a how to...mine has a flat blade screw rather than hex.
   Scroll down to "Lash Bash"
http://www.allpar.com/history/mopar/steeroids.html
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Re: Trying to remove the play in my steering box
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2017 - 04:50:15 pm »
Richard E-berg has written great articles!
Autocross/road racers go in deeper... and come out harder!

See  MOPAR ACTION MAGAZINE, AUGUST 2006 ISSUE for featured article and details on my autocross T/A.


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Re: Trying to remove the play in my steering box
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2017 - 07:31:28 pm »
Richard E-berg has written great articles!

So true, I really miss Mopar Action, other mags seem like nothing more than sales brochures with little to add in the way of tech.

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Re: Trying to remove the play in my steering box
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2017 - 07:48:37 pm »
I thought it was clockwise to tighten?

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Re: Trying to remove the play in my steering box
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2017 - 12:36:38 am »
Hey Larry  :wave:
Check that the coupler is not sloppy as well... Here's a how to...mine has a flat blade screw rather than hex.
   Scroll down to "Lash Bash"
http://www.allpar.com/history/mopar/steeroids.html


Wade....
I read the article, very informative. Let me recap to be sure I try to do this right the first time.
1. Front tires off the ground
2. Engine idling...loosen the adjusting nut
3. Steering wheel and tires at 12 o'clock....check coupler for 12 o'clock alignment
4. Rock or rotate the coupler by hand back and forth
5. Observe the pitman arm movement
6. Tighten the adjuster screw to achieve positive or
ever so slight movement in pitman arm
7. Tighten the locking nut

So, to tighten the screw, it is turned CW not CCW...right?
If I  have the procedure above correct, I will attempt this soon and update my results.
-Larry
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvrWiLgDm7Y

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Re: Trying to remove the play in my steering box
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2017 - 08:28:55 am »
Seems pretty straightforward other than some poor grammar at the beginning stating "keep the wheels on the ground up"
Apparently they want the wheels off the ground which makes sense I suppose.
& yes to tighten the screw would be clockwise to remove slop
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