I am in the process of rebuilding the steering box on my 1973 Ford 2000 tractor with manual steering.
Today, I put the new parts into the box - upper and lower bearings and new seals all the way around. The timing on the sector gears was easy and the re-assembly went well. I adjusted the end play on the sector shafts so that there is no perceptible endplay (I guess that means zero gear lash).
Here's my problem - even with all of that, when I turn the steering wheel, I get quick movement of the left side steering arm, but there is a delay before the right side arm starts moving.
I rechecked the end play on the sector shaft, but I still have that delay. The sector gears looked okay to me, but the fact is, I don't really know what they should look like. Do you suppose that they could be worn enough that I can remove the endplay and still have some slop between the sector gears?
Any advice would be appreciated.
Tom in TN