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Old 08-12-2015, 01:55 PM   #491
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Well, it wasn't today but over the past weekend my grandson and I installed an LED strip light on the back of the truck. I like having plenty of lights back there! Friday the truck goes in to have auto-extend step bars installed. My 5'2" wife will appreciate that!
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Old 08-12-2015, 09:24 PM   #492
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Made a small adjustment to steering gear to eliminate a small amount of play in the wheel.
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Old 08-12-2015, 09:41 PM   #493
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Made a small adjustment to steering gear to eliminate a small amount of play in the wheel.
What did you adjust? My rig has some play in it. It's not bad around town but I pulled for 7 hours last month...it got old. What do I need to look at?
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Old 08-12-2015, 10:33 PM   #494
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Old 08-13-2015, 06:54 AM   #495
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What did you adjust? My rig has some play in it. It's not bad around town but I pulled for 7 hours last month...it got old. What do I need to look at?
First thing you have to do is a thorough inspection of your entire steering system.

I had a bunch of wandering going on when driving down the highway. I found a worn joint between then pitman arm and center link. I also found all the other tie rod ends to have ripped boots. I decided to replace them all. After the replacement there was zero play in the system between the steering gear and the wheels but there was still some play at the steering wheel. Upon inspection I found the issue was some slop inside the steering gear. I could move the steering wheel a bit and the pitman arm would not move. I could also hear a slight clunk when under the truck and the wheel was moved back and forth.

This was causing a little wandering on the highway that required constant correction.

After some research I found that the gears inside the steering gear get worn, mostly in the center when the wheels are straight. This causes the wandering if everything else is tight. I did some more reading and found out about the adjustment on the steering gear. You have to be careful though. If you take out too much slack you can bind the gears and not be able to turn the wheel. This can be very dangerous. You have to do the adjustment with the front wheels off the ground and test the steering full range, with the engine off. This will allow you to tell the system without any power assist. It should be pretty easy to find any binding under those conditions. Then take it for a test drive to confirm.

You do a small adjustment and test. I did 1/4 turns and tested each time. In the end the final adjustment was a full, turn of the screw.

Just do a Google search and youtube search for steering gear adjustment and you will get lots of links.
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Old 08-13-2015, 07:48 AM   #496
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First thing you have to do is a thorough inspection of your entire steering system.

I had a bunch of wandering going on when driving down the highway. I found a worn joint between then pitman arm and center link. I also found all the other tie rod ends to have ripped boots. I decided to replace them all. After the replacement there was zero play in the system between the steering gear and the wheels but there was still some play at the steering wheel. Upon inspection I found the issue was some slop inside the steering gear. I could move the steering wheel a bit and the pitman arm would not move. I could also hear a slight clunk when under the truck and the wheel was moved back and forth.

This was causing a little wandering on the highway that required constant correction.

After some research I found that the gears inside the steering gear get worn, mostly in the center when the wheels are straight. This causes the wandering if everything else is tight. I did some more reading and found out about the adjustment on the steering gear. You have to be careful though. If you take out too much slack you can bind the gears and not be able to turn the wheel. This can be very dangerous. You have to do the adjustment with the front wheels off the ground and test the steering full range, with the engine off. This will allow you to tell the system without any power assist. It should be pretty easy to find any binding under those conditions. Then take it for a test drive to confirm.

You do a small adjustment and test. I did 1/4 turns and tested each time. In the end the final adjustment was a full, turn of the screw.

Just do a Google search and youtube search for steering gear adjustment and you will get lots of links.
Thanks for the info. I know engines but the rest is a learning curve. Sounds like a lengthy process. Next time home I'll pull it in the shop and inspect it, come up with a game plan and parts budget. I already know my steering pump is leaking. Discovered that on a twisty mountain road a few weeks ago. I just did a complete new brake system and was planning to do a New exhaust in the next month or so. Now I think the steering has moved to the head of the list. This project vehicle I bought has become a bigger project and a small money pit. (Surprise, surprise) I've enjoyed working on it but it starting to seem like it's always something. The good news is it's old enough that there's nothing on it I can't work on, even if I have to learn as I go. And I still haven't fixed the AC which I knew was broken when I bought it last year. And then there's the fuel pump......
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Installed a pair of RunCool XXL hood louvers. Towing to Hill City, SD this weekend so that will be the true test. Around town unloaded it is much cooler.
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Just replaced all 5 Blow max tires. Just had them all checked 2 months ago and we're found to be ok. 300 miles later and tread separated on 2 of them. Caught it just before blowout. Will be reporting to NHTSA. I wold post a picture bUT cant figure oUT how from my cell phone.
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Replaced both batteries in the truck this morning. Didn't have the power to start so replaced both. Starts like a charm again. Better now than in the middle of winter.
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It will be done this coming Monday, but having the ignition switch replaced. Over 9 years the tumbler mechanism is just worn out. At times, frequently, it required a lot of "jiggling" to get it to turn. I'm concerned that it will strand me somewhere and we all know it will happen in the middle of nowhere.
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