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Old 06-06-2013, 07:18 AM   #1
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Steering Box

Has anyone adjusted their steering box on a Chevy. I think I have a little to much play. I have also read somewhere it is not recommended to adjust it especially on the vechile. It should be done out on a bench if done at all.
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I have a 82 Pace Arrow on the P30 chassis and I have a little play in the steering. I read on one of these sites about the need to replace Dang now I can't remember what its called but it's on the frame and the steering rod goes too it, The video says that a 1 inch play on this equals 3 inch play in the steering wheel. I have yet to climb under my MH to see if I have one I have priced them out and they range between 100 & 200 bucks and it shows that its pretty easy to change.
Maybe someone on this site knows what this part is?
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the larger diameter the steering wheel, the more play your going to see while wiggling the steering wheel, with the engine off. Too much play can be just as bad as too little. You shouldn't need to remove the gear box to adjust. Do it on the vehicle(or all I have seen or done have been that way)
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I have a 82 Pace Arrow on the P30 chassis and I have a little play in the steering. I read on one of these sites about the need to replace Dang now I can't remember what its called but it's on the frame and the steering rod goes too it, The video says that a 1 inch play on this equals 3 inch play in the steering wheel. I have yet to climb under my MH to see if I have one I have priced them out and they range between 100 & 200 bucks and it shows that its pretty easy to change.
Maybe someone on this site knows what this part is?

Bell Crank? I have replaced those a few years ago..
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Finally, an area where I can chip in and pass along some info.

The arm that comes out of the steering box is called a Pittman arm, it goes inside the box and has gear teeth that engage the sector shaft.

To adjust it, make sure your steering wheel and front wheels are straight forward.

There is a locknut (usually 5/8" or 11/16") on it and there is a threaded rod with a slot on the end passing up through said locknut.

Break the locknut loose and while holding the slot in the end of the threaded portion with a flat blade screwdriver, back off the locknut a couple turns. That should allow enough for adjustment unless it's REALLY out of whack.

Tighten the slotted part just until it stops, make sure the threads are clean so you don't get a false reading. Don't crank the screw as tight as you can. Hold the slot at that point with screwdriver and tighten the locknut. If it is screwed in too far, it will cause excessive pressure and wear on the sector shaft gears and your steering won't automatically return to straight ahead position when driving.
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Mtnmankev has it Right!!!!! 30yrs. Working on frontends, and that's the right way it's done.
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Bell Crank? I have replaced those a few years ago..
That's it, thank you
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