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Old 07-18-2013, 11:28 PM   #1
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steering play

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Is there any way to adj. The free play in an 07 workhorse steering gear box
Thanks for any you can offer.
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:06 AM   #2
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Have you checked for worn out tie rod ends and idler arm joints, bushings? When worn they often create sloppy steering.

I don't know what gearbox you have, but these are general instructions: Raise the front axle off the ground and set the wheel in the straight ahead position. If you can turn the wheel more an an inch before the wheels move, it might need adjustment. On the steering box you should see a slotted or allen wrench threaded rod with a lock nut. Using the appropriate tool, keep the shaft from turning as you loosen the lock nut. Then turn the shaft clockwise (tighten) 1/4th a turn, and tighten lock nut. Drive and turn left and right, make sure there's no binding or tightness. If it still has play, repeat above. Never turn more than 1/4th a turn at a time.
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:46 PM   #3
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The locknut maybe left hand thread. Clockwise to loosen. Mine was on my 2002 P32 chassis.
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Old 07-19-2013, 11:39 PM   #4
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Something to keep in mind before doing steering adjustments is your Caster setting. Your caster may have come from WH with a 3.5 degree setting and WH started authorizing a 5 to 5.5 degree setting. With 3.5 you may experience what I call "Bird Dogging" or wandering.
A 5 to 5.5 degree setting will/can solve a whole bunch of handling concerns and save a whole lotta bucks by avoiding some unnecessary steering add-ons.
I would bet that is your problem, IF you haven't already checked it. I assume you have ruled out tire pressure.

Just another thought.

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Never attempt to adjust your steering box unless you have the proper knowledge and ability! An 07 should not have a worn steering gear so check all connecting point first with the engine running.
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Never attempt to adjust your steering box unless you have the proper knowledge and ability! An 07 should not have a worn steering gear so check all connecting point first with the engine running.

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Old 07-25-2013, 08:17 PM   #7
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steering play

The play is the gear box you can rotate the u joint on top by hand. I don't want to fix it my self. I looking for a shop to do it
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:05 AM   #8
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The engine should be running when you check for play in the steering gear box. An 07 shouldn't have this problem but it could if it has a lot of miles on it.
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