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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Jun 1st, 16, 1:54 PM Thread Starter
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Play in steering wheel

Iím ignorant. Educate me. There is an allen (?) fitting on top of the PS box. Will that take some play out of the steering wheel, or should I leave it alone? Thanks
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Iím ignorant. Educate me. There is an allen (?) fitting on top of the PS box. Will that take some play out of the steering wheel, or should I leave it alone? Thanks
Check for looseness elsewhere, rag joint, center link, idler arm, tie rods, ball joints, control arm bushings. Adjusting the steering box isn't a good move. If it needs adjustment, it's worn out.

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I agree with Randy. Check the rag joint first, it is inexpensive and easy to rebuild it.

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Check for looseness elsewhere, rag joint, center link, idler arm, tie rods, ball joints, control arm bushings. Adjusting the steering box isn't a good move. If it needs adjustment, it's worn out.

I agree with most of this thread, the rest of the steering components need to be checked first, you'll need a helper to check some of it. After checking it, have your helper wiggle the steering wheel back and forth,just taking out the play to see if indeed the play is in the box, if so, you might be able to adjust it out.

Here is the method I use, jack up the front end and place on jack stands, loosen the outer nut on the allen head screw about three threads, you'll probably have to hold the inner allen head screw while doing this, next, turn the allen head screw in 1/4 of a turn, then move the steering wheel thru it's arc, lock to lock and see if you feel any tightness as you move thru the center position, if you do, you are finished, hold the inner allen head screw and tighten the outer locknut, if not, try another 1/4 turn and repeat the above method, good luck! DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN the steering box. if you don't feel safe to try this, find an old school front end shop and get them to check your car suspension and steering for you.

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If you've checked everything else and isolated the play to the steering box, playing with the sector shaft adjustment may help a bit, but don't expect much improvement. Its not a "wow! that fixed it" kind of thing.
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Follow what Leo wrote and you should be fine. They make them adjustable for a reason so they can be adjusted over time as the boxes wear. Just make adj. is small increments. Here is a good video for Cougars that helped me with one of my cars, it could help some on your car but I don't know how much transfers over to Chevelles but I would think most of it would.


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Follow all the information provided above especially the small increments part. From personal experience, I watched a guy just wrench his down until the Steering Wheel "seemed" to have lost all the play. He starts his car up backs out of the driveway, takes off down the street and when attempting to turn around and come back, the steering box locked in a right hand turn mode. Well that was a pricey fix. Key Word here is "Small Increments".

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Thanks to all for the replies. Much appreciated
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Or you could first check everything else make sure it is OK and then buy a Saginaw 600 steering box from global west which is a direct bolt in and the steering will be much better. About $600 but makes a big difference. Steering is something you use all the time.
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Follow what Leo wrote and you should be fine. They make them adjustable for a reason so they can be adjusted over time as the boxes wear. Just make adj. is small increments. Here is a good video for Cougars that helped me with one of my cars, it could help some on your car but I don't know how much transfers over to Chevelles but I would think most of it would.

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A good amount of that video is a help but the Chevelles steering box and a cougars are 2 different animals.Also,there is 2 different types of front suspensions to be aware of,way different there too.

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