Steering

Tiny
BADUNCLERANDY
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  • 1973 CHEVROLET TRUCK
  • 30,000 MILES
I have a 1973 chevy 4x4 k20 truck recently I go to make a right hand turn and it only turns the wheels part way. My steering wheel turns but not the wheels. Stock suspension, put shocks and steering stabilizer in it 2 years ago. I tried putting a new steering gear box in it did not help. Any suggestions what it could be. It turns left fine.
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Saturday, November 16th, 2013 AT 4:08 AM

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Tiny
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DID YA SORTA "ZERO" THE GEAR BOX BEFORE YOU INSTALLED THE PITMAN ARM?

KINDA WHAT I MEAN, IN "GENERIC FORM", LET'S SAY FOR SIMPLICITY SAKE.

THE PITMAN ARM IS OFF AND A-DANGLING. AND THE WHEELS ARE POINTING FORWARD

. MR. STEERING IS GEAR BOTTOMED OUT ON A LEFT HAND TURN. TURNING THE WHEEL CLOCK-WISE. THE STEERING WHEEL TURNS (STUPIDLY) EXACTLY 5 REVOLUTIONS BEFORE IT BOTTOMS OUT ON A RIGHT HAND TURN

SO TO "ZERO" YOU MUST GO BACK CCW 2-1/2 TURNS

THAT GIVES US 2-1/2 TURNS IN EITHER DIRECTION BEFORE IT BOTTOMS OUT

. WELL WHILE IT IS "ZEROED IN THE CENTER" WE ARE GONNA REINSTALL THE PITMAN ARM. AT LEAST AS CLOSE TO THE CENTER AS IT TAKES TO GET IT TO INDEX BACK IN ON THE STEERING SHAFT. YOU MAY HAVE TO TWEAK THE STEERING WHEEL A LITTLE SO IT WILL SLIDE ON CORRECTLY

. HOWEVER IT THE GEARBOX ITSELF IS MOSTLY CENTERED UP

IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY MY '77 CJ 5's BRAND NEW REPLACEMENT MANUAL STEERING GEAR TRAVELED 6-1/2 TURNS ALL THE WAY ACROSS. SO I ZEROED IT AT 3-1/4 TO THE CENTER. WITH MY WHEELS POINTING STRAIGHT, I RE-INSTALLED THE PITMAN ARM (ON MY GEAR THERE ARE 4 POSITIONS THE PITMAN ARM CAN SLIDE IN)

AT THE TIME I ZEROED MINE, MY ACTUAL STEERING SHAFT (STEERING WHEEL SHAFT) WAS NOT HOOKED ON. SO AFTER THE PITMAN ARM WENT ON.I GOT MY STEERING WHEEL AS STRAIGHT AS I COULD (WHICH THERE AGAIN, I HAD TO "TWEAK IT A LITTLE". AS IT ONLY INDEXES IN ONE SPOT IN THE SHAFT, SO THE BOLT WILL GO THRU). ANY ADDITIONAL ADJUSTMENTS TO GET THE STEERING WHEEL STRAIGHT, WHEN DRIVING STRAIGHT, MUST BE DONE BY TWISTING THE TIE ROD TUBE.

HERE'S A FEW PICS FROM WHEN I PUT MINE IN. "RL" RIGHT LIMIT--"CL" CENTERLINE--"LL" LEFT LIMIT

LEMME KNOW IF THIS HELPS

THE MEDIC
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Saturday, November 16th, 2013 AT 5:21 PM
Tiny
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If it's power steering have a pro look at it immmediately
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Sunday, November 17th, 2013 AT 6:07 AM

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