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Old 12-30-2006, 10:45 PM
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Default adjusted steering box - removed play in steering

so the day after christmas was 'work on the truck day'. steering wheel had a lot of play in it - about 2 inches of turn. i adjusted the play out and it drives a lot better. here's how...

spray the top of the steering box with a little brake cleaner to clean the dirt off.
work on the truck from underneath. key turned on one notch to unlock the steering wheel, but truck not running. wheels on ground.
use a 16 mm wrench and a 4.5 mm hex wrench (i think, if not 4.5, then 5.0)
insert the hex wrench into the center of the adjusting screw and point it towards the front of the truck.
hold the hex wrench and loosen the locknut.
have wife, g/f. wiggle steering wheel, or else get up and down a lot.
tighten hex wrench about 1/4 turn at a time to take up the play. i turned mine about 3/4 turn to take up 2 inches of play in the wheel.
hold hex wrench and tighten locknut.
you're done, take it for a test drive.
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Old 12-31-2006, 12:09 AM
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thanks for the tip sounds fairly simple
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Old 02-05-2007, 04:19 PM
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Default RE: adjusted steering box - removed play in steering

dose this apply to where the steering shaft goes into the box because thats where the play is in mine?
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Old 02-05-2007, 06:02 PM
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Check out the Dodge Ram facts at the top of 2nd gen page. Really all the DYI and facts should be in one, we need a new moderator on the section that will put them all together...........
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Default RE: adjusted steering box - removed play in steering

Just a tip, don't over tighten the adjustment screw. You can cause premature wear of the steering box.

Other than that, great tip for everyone.
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dose this apply to where the steering shaft goes into the box because thats where the play is in mine?
yes.
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Default RE: adjusted steering box - removed play in steering

Thanks so much. Mine had gotten to the point where I felt like I was gonna get pulled over for DUI. The truck would go to the left and to the right on the interstate. Did this after seeing it. I wish I would haver known about this earlier. Thanks
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Old 12-13-2007, 09:49 AM
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how do you know if you adjust it to much...I did this last night and it got rid of the play but just want to make sure I did not over do it.

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your steering will feel like its got a memory and not center properley
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your steering will feel like its got a memory and not center properley
Like pulling to one side? *HINT* Brad!
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actually that fixed the pulling to the left but I think I have it to tight because it seemd like it does have a little bit of a memory
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if it feels like it has a bit of a memory then loosen it off just a little, or it will ware out the steering box faster
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Jack the front end up and turn the steering whel back and forth, if you feel a tight spot back the adjustment just enough that you can't feel it.
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Had an adjustment and my arm's replaced; still need to do the TRE but my steering wheel has a lot of play. Should i try this even though I know the TRE are OK at best?
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I have a 98 and i can't see anything to ajust under the steering box, can you take a picture or are the 98's different?
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The adjustment nut is not under the steering box, it's on top. I tightened my '98 up about a month ago and it helped a LOT. Personally, turning the wheels back and forth while not moving did not reveal any "hard spots" but I still overtightened by about a 1/4 turn. Total amount I ended up turning the set screw was about 1 1/2 turns (lefty loosy righty tighty). I had to take it for a drive first to realize it was too tight the first time. I wouldn't call it memory, I would simply call it fighting against whatever you try to do. It doesn't want to turn, it doesn't want to go straight, it doesn't want to return to center on it's own. No "hard spots" though.
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Thanks, the DYI stated to do it from underneath so i assumed it was on the bottom(see what happens when you assume) again thanks!!
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I think the DYI meant you end up having to be under the truck to do it. I don't see how I could have done it from up top. Too long of a reach to try to get the nut loose. It's easiest to lay on your back or on a creeper looking up. I used a regular box wrench (forget exactly what size, but I think it was 15, 16, or 17mm), and I used a regular allen wrench (forget the size on that one too, but I think it was around 5mm). FYI--the allen head was full of gunk when I did this procedure to mine. I had to take a much smaller allen wrench (a paper clip would be fine too) and dig the crap out of there before the allen wrench would actually fit. It was pretty much packed full of crud.
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So will doing this adjustment help me if my steering is extremely tight turning right and normal going left?
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So will doing this adjustment help me if my steering is extremely tight turning right and normal going left?
I'm willing to bet your steering stabilizer shock is bent.... I bent mine mudding one day bad enough that it wouldn't turn to the right at all, but would still turn left. pull it off and see if that fixes the problem

edit: nvm just saw your thread about this
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