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Old 01-30-2010, 12:14 PM   #1
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Question How to center steering wheel??

Had my power steering box replaced, steering wheel is off. how do I re-center it?

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By adjusting the drag link. How far off is it? Is it a used box?
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steering wheel off 1/4 turn. its a new box.
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Your old box may have had a twisted sector shaft.
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does it have the same turns either direction?maybe they keyed it wrong on the pitman arm.check for how many turns left to right then see where the wheels are turned(should be strait at center of turns)if not they didnt align it after replacing the box.you will need to realign it to correct it.if at center of turns your wheels are strait,you can get a sterring wheel puller and take off the wheel and realign it to center again.sorry if this doesnt explain it well.but ask and i will try and elaborate.
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Coulda sworn the 4WD shaft/arm is only keyed at one position, not all four like the 2WD.

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Yup, 4x4 pitman arm only fits on one way.

Take the drag link off at the steering box after setting the wheels as straight as you can. Center the pitman arm so it is perfectly perpendicular to the frame (ignore the position of the steering wheel for this step). If you find that the steering wheel is totally upside down when the steering box is at center, you may need to un-do the steering shaft connection up at the firewall rotate the wheel 180 degrees and re-install it.

Once the wheels are fairly straight, and the pitman arm is centered & perpendicular to the frame, adjust the drag link to fit back into the pitman arm.

After hooking the drag link back up, take the wrenches you need to tighten the adjustment sleeve and slowly drive down the street in a straight line. Adjust the drag link until the wheel is straight while you are moving in a straight line, then tighten the adjustment sleeve down as tight as you can.

Voila, centered steering wheel. Only other adjustment you can make to the steering is to have the toe set on the tie rod. Depending on your steering box, you should be around 2.25 turns in each direction, and you should have the same turning radius both left and right.
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And make sure the street you are driving down is nice and smooth so the creeper wheels roll good while you are rolling along under the truck adjusting the drag link as it goes down the road....<G>
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haha, I might suggest stopping while tweaking the drag link
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center the box then adjust everything else to match
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