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1974 Ford F100 Wanders

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Jul 17, 2011, 10:04 PM

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1974 Ford F100 Pickup Truck 302 Eng. Power Steering
The Vehicle Wanders and seems to require constant righting to stay in a straight line. I have replaced the nylon bushing on the two forks and had the vehicle professionally aligned and checked out. The repair shop made a few minor adjustments and said all the front end parts have minimal wear and the computer alignment readings are now within the limits and correct.
I am thinking that the steering box may have to much play. There is a screw adjustment on the gear box but I don't know the right way to adjust it. I read in a manual something about removing the steering wheel and jacking the vehicle so both wheels are off the ground and using a socket wrench remove the excess play. I am not sure I understood it right so I am asking for help. Is there a procedure to do this right or should I buy a factory rebuilt steering box?

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Jul 18, 2011, 3:07 AM

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You could be right about the steering box but wrong about adjusting it. That adjustment is for factory setup only and should not be moved after the box has worn. The wear only occurs in the straight ahead position so if it is tightened, it will bind up in turns. the only solution for a worn box is to replace it. This is something that should have been caught during inspection, especially if you complained about wandering.


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