Have a helper move the steering wheel rapidly back and forth about 6" while you watch the input shaft at the gearbox. The pitman shaft should turn at the same time. If there is a lag before it starts to turn, there are two possibilities. If the pitman shaft moves sideways a tiny but noticeable amount, bottoms out, THEN starts to turn, the bushing is worn and the gearbox must be replaced. More likely the sector shaft needs to be adjusted. That is done by loosening the lock nut on top and tightening the center bolt. The center bolt usually takes a 5/32" allen wrench. Just tighten it 1/8 turn and try it. Overtightening it will cause it to bind when steering straight ahead and will be irritating to drive. Tighten it another 1/8 turn if its getting better, but remember where you started from.
Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 AT 1:37 PM