Fill and level plug
Shaft and gear assembly
Figure 2-9. Steering Gear Showing Adjustment Points.
(2) Thrust adjustment.
(3) Lash adjustment.
(a) Check the tightness of all cover bolts (7, fig. 2-
9.) If necessary, loosen the nut (5) and turn the lash
adjuster (6) counterclockwise a few turns to provide the
clearance between the shaft and gear assembly (4) and
Always make the thrust adjustment as directed
the ball nut (2).
in (2) above before making the lash adjustment.
(b) Turn the steering wheel gently to one extreme
end. Turn the steering wheel back one full turn. With
(a) Position the steering gear mechanism in
the spring scale on a spoke of the steering wheel,
straight-ahead position as described in (1) above.
measure the pull required to keep the steering wheel
(b) Turn the lash adjuster (6, fig. 2-9) clockwise to
moving. The pull on the scale should be made at right
remove all lash between the gear teeth of the ball nut (2)
angles to the spoke. If the pull is within 1/2 to 2 pounds,
and shaft and gear assembly (4). Tighten the nut.
proceed to the lash adjustment in (3) below. If the pull is
Position the spring scale on the steering wheel so that
not within 1/2 to 2 pounds, loosen the nut (8) and then
pull may be made at right angles to a wheel spoke.
turn the thrust adjuster (9) clockwise until all end play is
(c) Measure the pull while the steering wheel is
removed. Using a spring scale as directed above, check
turned through the center position. Rotate the
the pull and readjust as necessary; then tighten the nut