Plymouth Workshop Manuals
PB 150 V8-318 5.2L VIN T 2-BBL (1983)
Steering and Suspension > Steering > Steering Gear > Component Information > Adjustments > Constant Control Type Power Steering Gears > Page 2947
Steering Gear: Adjustments
There are two adjustments on the steering gear: worn bearing preload and pitman shaft overcenter preload. Prior to adjusting the steering gear, all
Fig. 3 Steering gear adjustments
Fig. 4 Checking adjustment with an inch pound torque wrench
WORM BEARING PRELOAD, ADJUST
1. Disconnect battery ground cable, then raise and support vehicle.
turn wheel hard against steering stops with pitman arm disconnected as damage to the gear ball guides can result.
7. Position suitable inch pound torque wrench on steering wheel hub nut, then while rotating steering wheel with inch pound wrench through a 90
degree arc, record and measure "bearing drag." Do not use an inch pound wrench of more than 50 inch pound capacity.
8. Adjust worm bearing preload to specifications listed at end of section by turning adjuster plug while measuring turning torque at steering wheel
hub with inch pound wrench. Worm bearing preload specification is in excess of "bearing drag" determined in previous step.
9. Torque adjuster plug lock nut to 25 ft lb, then recheck preload. Rotate steering wheel from stop to stop. If steering gear feels "lumpy",
bearing damage is indicated. Gear should be disassembled and inspected as necessary.
PITMAN SHAFT OVERCENTER PRELOAD, ADJUST
1. Perform steps 1 through 9 of "Worm Bearing Preload, Adjust" procedure.
steering gear at "high point."
3. Loosen lash adjuster screw lock nut, then turn adjuster screw clockwise to remove gear lash between ball nut and pinion shaft. Tighten lock nut.
check turning torque through center of steering wheel travel. If maximum turning torque exceeds specifications, turn adjuster screw
6. Assemble pitman arm to pitman shaft.
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