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EFV-8 Club Forum / General Lincoln Discussion / Steering wheel play

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08-12-2019 @ 5:52 PM
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Thanks Tom. Does anyone know what the adjusting screw on the steering box adjusts? Does it have anything to do with play?

08-23-2019 @ 5:50 AM
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the adjusting screw on the top of the box, can remove some play, because it MESHES the sector shaft to the worm gear,
reducing play between the 2 gears reducing play ! in steering wheel , [ in the FORD Manual ]

see if the pitman arm rocks back and forth, to see if the bushing are worn,what would be real helpful
you should look for a MOTORS shop manual ,or LINCOLN SHOP MANUAL for you application, will lead you step by step
well worth the information,
hope this helps., 37Ragtopman

check all your tie-rods and the drag link, to see if worn [ any play ]and see if sector shaft wobbles,
and the king pins for wear

This message was edited by 37RAGTOPMAN on 12-29-19 @ 11:38 AM

08-31-2019 @ 3:46 PM
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That screw only adjusts the end play of the "Sector shaft."

If you have play in your steering it can be multiple things: worn tie rods, king pins, worn sector shaft/ and or, worm gear, idler arm, etc., etc. A "Real Can of Worms!"

Regards, Steve Lee

12-07-2019 @ 6:08 AM
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The set screw on the top of the steering box controls end play ( UP AND DOWN MOVEMENT)of the "sector shaft" ONLY!!

Regards, Steve Lee

08-20-2020 @ 8:55 AM
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And as the other members mentioned and warned it ONLY adjusts the sector and reduces play or clearance between the sector gear and the worm gear! Get somebody to gently rock the wheel while inspecting ALL joints first! If you set this clearance too tight you will experience hard steering and tear out your worm gear if set too tight!
If all of your joints and bushings have NO excessive play or clearance and IF your steering gear has excessive play carefully adjust to reduce play while rotating the steering wheel fully from side to side preferably with the weight lifted off the front wheels for a more accurate "feel" of what's going on from full left to full right. Quite often there will be a bit more wear or clearance in the mid range than on each side of turn so you will have to compromise! A slight bit of play will be required to prevent binding in other areas.

08-21-2020 @ 8:57 AM
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Lightening, please do not start a new topic to reply or ask new questions about your problem. It makes helping you very difficult.

Please read all of the responses in your last topic and post any questions that you have there by clicking on the REPLY block on the right side of each answer to your question.

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