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If the two piece steering shaft comes out and your steering wheel ends up 180 out try to take the sliding piece out and flip it (My own bad experience). And Try the synthetic fluid from valvoline got it at advance. I have a question, How far should the pitman arm ride up the shaft? I have about half inch or so couldn't get it to go any further. seems to be alright though. I'm getting my radius arm and axle piviot bushings in tommorow with a fresh alignment! yahoo!!! good luck steve....-BOB

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Steve

I take it you don't have power steering ? I agree, go with synthetic fluid. I stuck synthetic tranny fluid in there last Fall and all the protesting noises have left the steering area.

Malcolm

 

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Re: Fed up! *

Craig
Tell you what: just send them with the Swedish Bikini Team./wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif

Bob
It's a heavily tapered shaft, so there will be a gap - mine was about 1/2" or so. Just enough to see the twist in the splines./wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif Thanks for the suggestion, but I don't buy Valvoline - they (at one time if not now) support gun control & I don't.

Malcolm
Yeah, the power was fine, but I had a SEVERE wander & leak. Now that I've put the new one in, I noticed that my rag joint is SHOT - I'm kinda wishin' I hadn't mailed off my spare to abrrox so quickly. But NOW... almost no power assist on the new box, and I can't get the bolt in the clamp just below the rag joint when it's splined up on the input shaft. It goes in fine when it's apart, but it won't catch when they're together. So I gave up at about 11:30 last night after putting the bolt in, lining it up with the flat on the shaft, pounding it on as far as it would go, and then clamping the $#!T out of it - I made it to & from work, so it was good enough. I'm waiting for the engine to cool a little before I bust a few more knuckles this evening. I don't know if I should pull it & get another box, or just try to bleed it again. First, I'm gettin' my core charge back on the '83 box!/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif I pity the fool that ends up with THAT thing if they actually rebuild it! I may post a pic of the twist on the splines later...

*OK I was trying to put the clamp bolt in with the flat on the shaft facing the side & the flat in the clamp facing down./wwwthreads_images/icons/blush.gif I guess I should restrict my repairs to daylight from now on.../wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif I still have VERY LITTLE power assist even after bleeding & purging it again, so I guess I'm gonna have to pull the bit(# off again! I wonder if the Zone sells good boxes?/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif*

Steve 83 Bronco 4.9L
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Re: Fed up! *

Steve

I used to burn the rag joints off in junkyards, when pulling columns out of Mopars, because the rag joints were so cheap and the 12 point bolts were always so hard to get out. If I liked the column I'd just soak the rag joint with penetrating oil and spark her up. Baste lightly ever once in a while to keep the rubber going and keep un doing things under the dash.

Crude but effective

Malcolm

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You're a brave man driving around with the spline not all the way in and secured. Glad you made it home alive.
 
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I feel bad Steve. Well, almost bad that is. :) The steering on my Bronco has improved big-time since I got that shaft off you. And given that my summer transportation (35,000 mile 1991 Mustang 5.0 ragtop) is in pieces at the wreckers after some punks stole it and demolished it, well, don't feel too bad. :) I thank you again anyway...

Brad


 
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