1997 Dodge Ram Steering Box

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1997 Dodge Ram V8 Four Wheel Drive

Hi. Well I use to be a pretty Handy backyard Mechanic. But my mind is failing me on how to replace a steering box on my Ram truck. Andy starter tips to head me in the right direction would be helpful. I have a wide range of tools. I just need a starting point and I can work from there. Thanks

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Friday, March 26th, 2010 AT 1:54 PM

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1.Place the wheels in the straight-ahead position.
2.Disconnect the fluid hoses from the steering gear and cap the lines.
3.Remove the coupler pinch bolt and slide the shaft off the gear.
4.Matchmark the pitman shaft and arm and remove the arm.
5.Remove the steering gear fasteners and remove the gear.
6.Installation is the reverse of removal.

The use of new mounting hardware is recommended. Alternately, use a medium strength thread-locking compound on the mounting hardware.

7.Be sure to tighten all hardware to the proper specification.
8.After adding fluid, carry out the power steering pump "Initial Operation" procedure.


1.Turn the steering wheel all the way to the left.
2.Add fluid to bring the level up to the proper level and let the fluid settle for at least two minutes.
3.Raise the front wheels off the ground.
4.Slowly turn the steering wheel lock-to-lock 20 times with the engine OFF.

On vehicles with long return lines or oil coolers, turn the wheel 40 times.

5.Start the engine. Check level and add fluid, if necessary.
6.Lower the front wheels and let the engine idle for two minutes.
7.Turn the steering wheel in both directions and verify power assist and quiet operation of the pump.
8.If the fluid is extremely foamy or milky looking, allow the vehicle to stand for a few minutes and repeat the procedure.


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