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1988 2.2 liter 4cyl. no factory installed power steering?

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Old 10-04-2017, 03:26 PM
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Wha La my rebuilt part has arrived. My should is still injured due to the armstrong technic I had to use to turn the wheel. I will update you in an couple hours as to the results of the installation.
 
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Well I hope it makes the steering a little lighter for you at least.....and fingers crossed for no rain!

Good luck
 
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The good news is, I got the new rebuilt rack and pinion installed, got alignment 100% easier to steer, The bad news is during this repair was somehow I bent the blinker arm down and close to the steering wheel still had turn signals, but would not switch from bright to dim headlights, was just out messing with it and the arm broke off with part of the piece it goes into. So I will be trying to figure out a fix for that.
 
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Replace the stalk.

I *think* that the actually high/lo beam switch is further down the steering column, and is simply operated by a rod from the turn signal stalk. The switch should be adjustable. (I think.....)
 
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Replace the stalk.

I *think* that the actually high/lo beam switch is further down the steering column, and is simply operated by a rod from the turn signal stalk. The switch should be adjustable. (I think.....)
This.

For a 1988, yes, the actual switch is towards the bottom of the column; that stalk is just to manipulate the rest of it.

If your truck is non-tilt, it's actually fairly easy to get into the column to get to where the stalk mounts; if it's tilt, it's a bit harder, but very doable with a couple of bespoke tools (that are rentable from places like AutoZone etc.)

The hardest part is finding a non-cruise stalk; that may take some junkyard diving to find. (I THINK that the cruise stalk will also fit there, as will the interval wiper stalk; a stalk with neither will be very hard to find - those options were so common, according to the FSM, that I doubt you'll find a pure stalk. But again, they all bolt up the same, so ... )

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yes it was rather easy I just took it out, the metal doda that the arm goes in was broke. I got it out now and jb welded it back together. Apparently my bright lights are not that bright anyway because nobody flashed me when I was driving with only brights on. lol
I do have a hard time finding parts at the local junk yards. This truck seems like an odd duck I do not think they made many with none of the upgrades such as power steering. It is so much easier with the rebuilt rack and pin, I think I will keep it for awhile now. Drivers door sags, guess I will put a hydraulic jack under it and bend the hinge up so it will shut and not rattle.
 

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yes it was rather easy I just took it out, the metal doda that the arm goes in was broke. I got it out now and jb welded it back together. Apparently my bright lights are not that bright anyway because nobody flashed me when I was driving with only brights on. lol
I do have a hard time finding parts at the local junk yards. This truck seems like an odd duck I do not think they made many with none of the upgrades such as power steering. It is so much easier with the rebuilt rack and pin, I think I will keep it for awhile now. Drivers door sags, guess I will put a hydraulic jack under it and bend the hinge up so it will shut and not rattle.
Can you just replace the pins and bushings in the hinge? That's usually what wears out.
 
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Can you just replace the pins and bushings in the hinge? That's usually what wears out.
This, and check the welds for the door side of the hinge; that breaks with age on these trucks.

I've already had my driver's door hinge welded back to the door on my 1988.

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The good news is, I got the new rebuilt rack and pinion installed, got alignment 100% easier to steer, The bad news is during this repair was somehow I bent the blinker arm down and close to the steering wheel still had turn signals, but would not switch from bright to dim headlights, was just out messing with it and the arm broke off with part of the piece it goes into. So I will be trying to figure out a fix for that.
Well I am glad your shoulder can take a bit of a well deserved rest. good work
 

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