Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Central California, USA
With the steering box centered straight ahead, place an allen wrench in the screw on top of the aluminum plate on the box.
Loosen the jam nut a half turn and hold it while screwing the adjuster down. Run the adjuster screw down until you feel resistance and back off 1/8 turn.
The force you turn the screw with should be like turning a screwdriver with one hand. Don't go crazy.
The sector gear is tapered, when you screw down the adjuster you are pushing the sector gear down so the thicker part of the sector teeth are meshing with the worm gear teeth.
There is a built in tight spot where the wheel is centered to prevent road wander. You want just a little lash on center.
When test driving the car, see if the steering wheel feels like it's sticking in place near the center. The steering should move smoothly and follow the steering wheel.
If you get it too tight, you will zig zag down the road. Each correction to steering will be too much as once you overcome the resistance to start the box to move, it will overshoot and you will have to correct back.
This may show up when the box gets heated up not when cold.
You can't make up for the entire steering and ball joints being worn, but if everything else is good, it will make a new car out of it.
Let us know how it works.
The older I get, the faster I was!
[This message has been edited by davidpozzi (edited 06-26-2000).]