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Re: steering box question 641

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10-31-2012 08:12:24

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att he very top of the steering column is a lil drive in centering bushing / bearing. it can be repalced from the top of the column.. but is NOT the source of your binding.

more than likely, as awhtx said. the upper thrust bearing that lives atop the worm section of the steering shaft is bad.

you have to take the whell off, then dash top at a minimum.. then the vred.. the column and a small cast top piece come off the shaft..and the old bearing cage and rollers need to be fished out.. new bearing dropped in assuming worm shaft surface is not galled.. if it is.. polish it up best you can so a roller can walk onit. there is a race int he top of the cast piece.. they usually survive.. but are otherwise replceable.. once the thrust bearing is repalced.. get he cover on.. note tension.. don't want too much preload on the bearings or the lower one will give out :).. then again.. upper one may be chinese and may give out too!

lube box.. adjust backlash and test out.

spindle bushing wear will cause hard steering too.

post back for more info.. them boxes are EX to rebuild unless completely worn out

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10-31-2012 09:29:11

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 Re: steering box question 641 in reply to soundguy, 10-31-2012 08:12:24  
wouldn't spindle wear cause it to be hard to steer in either direction? this is only hard to turn in one direction...fine in the other. in your reply you said after removing dash top then the "vred". not quite sure what you mean by that. thanks for all the help!

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10-31-2012 11:34:43

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 Re: steering box question 641 in reply to kentrx1, 10-31-2012 09:29:11  
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the spindle bushing wear would lilkely make it hard to turn in either direction.

my point was if you are doing hte box.. you might as well check all areas int he steering system. no sense in fixing one part to only have an issue with another.. thus address all together..

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10-31-2012 12:23:03

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 Re: steering box question 641 in reply to soundguy, 10-31-2012 11:34:43  
thanks for all your help!

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11-04-2012 13:45:01

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 Re: steering box question 641 in reply to kentrx1, 10-31-2012 12:23:03  
do you have to cut the top bearing cup off the steering shaft? i have tried everything else so far and it seems bonded! also, how do you get the side plates off the steering box? removed the 2 bolts holding them and tried tapping on the edges and they did not budge. decided to call it a day and beg for expert help!


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