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dukester
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 10:06 am    Post subject: 49 8N Loose steering Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a 49 8N (pre 216989 steering changes). There is a good bit of play in the wheel before it starts to turn the wheels. I am familiar with turning the sector housing to adjust for some play, but didn't understand it until I took the darned thing apart! Now I don't know what the reference (starting) point was. Should I just stick them back on there and turn till there is no play - if possible?

Also, if this doesn't take it all out, do I need to replace the 2 sets of bearings? Anything else it could be?



 

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 10:42 am    Post subject: Re: 49 8N Loose steering Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Dukester.........yeah, early 8N sector adjust is kinda weird.

But we're finding the upper bearing is the BIG CULPRIT in loose steering in either 8N steering gearboxes. CHANGE YER BEARING NOW!!! You'll beglad you did. $15 (cheap)

tip: tie some string around yer steering ball-nut (top'n'bottom) shaft so balls don't come unscrewed and go bouncin' (don't ask).........Dell

 

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 12:21 pm    Post subject: Re: 49 8N Loose steering Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Dell, thanks for the help, but you mean tie some string to the shaft just below where the new bearings go?

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 12:27 pm    Post subject: Dell - got it..Re: 49 8N Loose steering Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Dell, nevermind. Understand you said ball nut, not the new bearings...understood, and will do! Thanks

 
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arthur ward
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 8:07 pm    Post subject: Re: 49 8N Loose steering Reply to specific post Reply with quote

yep, change that upper steering bearing. then, use a good caliper and check that stack of spacers for thickness and write it down. put it all back together with front jacked off ground. check for steering pressure to turn steering wheel. if too little pressure to turn it, take a small(or two) spacers out and try again. get that to about 2 lbs. pressure then you are set. the steering sector housings have a dimple on the outside, they should be at 6pm location for starts. take right side sector out completely. put left side in and check for tightness of steering wheel. once 3 to 4 pounds of pressure is found then add right sector shaft. adjust as necassary to get 3 to 6 lbs. pressure to turn the wheel. set her down and you'll love that "no kick back in the wheel from bumps"!!! I just went thru mine and it is so nice now.

 
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