My 70Z Quick Ratio Power Steering turns sharper to the left then the right. The steering wheel has 2 1/8th turns lock to lock. It rotates almost 1 1/4 turns to lock position for the left and 7/8th turns of the wheel to lock position for the right. As far as I can see the steering wheel is mounted in the proper location according to the “alleged” alignment marks on the steering column and the wheels point straight when the steering wheel is centered. You would think, with the steering properly adjusted, the steering wheel should be centered at the 1 1/16th rotation from the lock positions with the wheels pointing straight allowing equal turning radius.
Right now I sense that the car is steering straight with the worm gear, approximately 1/8 turns too far to the right and not riding in the neutral position. I also have to manually cancel my right blinker.
HOW to correct this? Am I thinking correctly to proceed in this manner:
Turn the steering wheel so that it is half way between the lock to lock positions and adjust the tie rods equally so that the wheels point straight forward then reposition the steering wheel on the column regardless of the “Alleged” markings. I performed a Blinker Test in this Position and the flashers cancelled properly.
On the other hand, I wonder if I need to reposition the Steering Coupling (forget the proper name) on the Worm Shaft rather then repositioning the steering wheel which may be mounted in the correct position according to the “alleged” markings (but seems ¼ turn out); however, I do not think it is possible as I believe the Worm Shaft it can only be splined in one position – correct me - if I’m wrong.
Here are PIC’s of my tie rods and Steering Coupling.
PSGR Tie Rod
DRIVERS Tie Rod
NOTE: The threads on the Passenger Tie Rod have been almost completely used compared to the number of threads visible on the Drivers Side.
Intermediate Shaft and Worm Gear Coupling. NOTE Horizontal Intermediate Shaft and position of Coupler Pin.
Does the Steering Shaft and Coupler to Worm Gear appear to be in the Neutral Position in this PIC. I always thought that the Intermediate Shaft should be position Vertically and the pin on the coupler at 12 o’clock, which means I may also have to clock the splines on the Worm Shaft (if possible); in which case, the “alleged” markings on the Steering Column may be correct. As I said, I performed a Blinker Test with the Intermediate Shaft positioned as per the PIC and the Flashers Cancelled properly indicating that the Intermediate Shaft to Worm Shaft must be OK in this position.
I also noted that the Pitman and Idler Arm appeared to be pointed straight when the Intermediate Shaft was position as per the PIC.
Contrary to the "alleged" alignment marks for the Steering Wheel mounting position, this PIC shows the 1/2 way Lock to Lock position for the Steering Wheel and appears to be approximately 1/4 turn out of position.
I do not think the way it is assembled that it would be good for the Worm Gear which in all probability will be adjusted for slack. Your comments would be greatly appreciated before I dive into it.
Yah! I know she's a little dirty and yes that's a Volvo floor mat - LOL - but the weather is getting pretty darn cold and I haven't been riding my Breganze ;o)