I need to adjust steering wheel play on my T2000, cummins ISX.
I have about 4 in- 5 inch play that doesn't turn wheels at all and i need to fix it. I posted pictures of my steering box from different angles (top, side, bottom). I found 4 different bolts on the steering box but they all just drain power steering. I don't know what else to check, maybe i need rebuilt power steering box? Also, I don't have any problems with turning left or right its all nice and smooth other then play. Please Help, Thank you
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NEED Help, How to Adjust Steering Wheel Play?
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Sounds like it may be more than steering.Check tie rod ends,drag link,steering u-joints also.Looks like the splined shaft and the pittman arm may be loose in a couple of pics.
Not sure about other KW dealers but my local dealer "flatrates" alignment and repairs.Pretty good bargain and assurance that everythings okay.
I wouldnt drive it without getting it fixed.The life you save may be your own.Last edited: Apr 8, 2011
check on the inside of your frame--about center are of the box--if there is a hole thru the frame--check for a nut on the box--hmm maybe about 1/2 inch nut with a stud coming out of it-there should be a screw driver slot on top of stud
ok so hold the screw tight and break the nut loose--back it up a couple of turns with out turning the stud-------turn the stud in until you feel it make contact-then back it up a bit and lock the nut down good and tight
now try your steering-it should be a some tighter
i am not 100 percent sure your box has the adjuster or not--just going to have to reach in and check
and maybe check the pitman arm where it is splined onto the box---looks like you have some rust drippings there--which could indicate it being loose between the splines of arm and the box
I had a loose pitman arm cause about 4 or 5 inches of play in the steering wheel. Check that.. Grab the steering shaft and twist it. Look at where the pitman arm is on the shaft and look to see if there is any loose-ness there on the splines. because there shouldnt be... The bolt that tightens the pitman arm on the shaft needs tightening up if there is. If it has a self locking nut just go ahead and put a lock washer on there cause it'll lossen up again.... Check all the obvious stuff that you can visually see. Simply twisting the steering shaft with the hood up and visually seeing what happens to various components, tie rod ends, pitman arm etc can sometimes help find problems. I wouldn't try adjusting the steer box until I was sure it wasnt the simpler more common stuff. I know it's aggravating. Most any competant alignment shop can adjust the steering box or tell you what your problems are and what needs fixing. Your local T/A or Petro is not competant enough for this find a shop that specializes only in heavy duty truck frame and axle alignments...
I tend to agree it is the steering box--but first I need to ask--how are your steer tires wearing? That is the first place I would look--others have posted about front end components that could cause this--so I won't repeat--but much of that will tell on your tire wear--so start there?
Just my $.02
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