Chrysler Full-Size Trucks 1967-1988 Repair Guide

Power Steering Gear

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Models through 1972 use a Thompson-type power cylinder system to turn a conventional steering gear. The steering gear application is the same as for trucks with manual steering, and gear removal is the same as with manual steering.

1973-88 models use a type 708 integral power steering gear.

ADJUSTMENTS



No adjustments are possible on the Thompson-type power cylinder system.

Preliminary Checks
  1. Remove the gear from the truck.
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  3. Rotate the gear several times through its travel to expel all fluid from the gear.
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  5. Place a 3 / 4 in. (19mm) 12-point socket on the stub shaft. Using an inch pound torque wrench, check the torque 1 / 2 turn off the right stop, then 1 / 4 turn off the left stop. Record these figures.
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  7. Center the gear and check the torque 1 / 2 turn to each side of center. Record these figures.
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  9. Turn the gear 90° to the right of center and turn the gear in a 180° arc to the left of center. Record the reading.
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Worm Thrust Bearing
  1. Remove the adjuster plug locknut.
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  3. Turn the adjuster plug in until the plug and thrust bearing are fully bottomed. This takes about 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm) of torque.
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  5. Matchmark the housing and one of the holes in the plug.
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  7. Measure counterclockwise 1 / 4 in. (6mm) from that mark and make another mark on the housing.
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  9. Rotate the plug counterclockwise until the marked hole aligns with the second housing mark.
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  11. Install the locknut and, while holding the adjuster plug, tighten the locknut securely.
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  13. Using an inch pound torque wrench on the stub shaft, turn the shaft to the right stop, then back 1 / 4 turn. Note the reading. The reading should be 4-10 inch lbs. (0.44-1.1Nm). If not:
    1. Loosen the sector shaft preload adjuster screw locknut and turn the screw 1 1 / 2 turns counterclockwise. If the screw bottoms, turn it back 1 / 2 turn.
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    3. Retighten the locknut while holding the screw.
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    5. Loosen the adjuster plug locknut.
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    7. Turn the plug 1 turn counterclockwise.
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    9. Turn the stub shaft to the right stop, then back 1 / 4 turn. Record the torque reading.
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    11. Bottom the adjuster plug firmly with 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm) torque, then back it off until the stub shaft rotational torque is 3-4 inch lbs. (0.33-0.44 Nm) more than the total torque reading with the adjuster plug tightened.
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    13. Tighten the adjuster plug locknut securely.
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Preload torque tends to drop off when the locknut is tightened. Even so, the torque reading must be rechecked with the locknut tight, and the torque must still be 3-4 inch lbs. (0.33-0.44 Nm) more than the total.

Sector Shaft Overcenter
  1. Center the gear shaft.
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  3. Loosen the sector shaft adjusting screw locknut, then tighten the sector shaft adjusting screw.
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  5. Tighten the locknut and, using an inch pound torque wrench, rotate the sector shaft 90° to either side of center, noting the torque reading over center. The highest reading is what counts.
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  7. Continue adjusting and checking the preload until the preload is 4-8 inch lbs. (0.44-0.89 Nm) for a new gear, do not exceed 18 inch lbs. (2 Nm). For a gear having more than 400 miles, the preload should be 4-5 inch lbs. (0.44-0.56 Nm) do not exceed 14 inch lbs. (1.5 Nm).
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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1973-88 Models
  1. Place the wheels in a straight-ahead position.
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  3. Remove the Pitman arm.
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  5. Place a drain pan under the gear and disconnect the hoses at the gear.
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  7. Matchmark and disconnect the gearshaft coupling.
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  9. Support the gear and remove the mounting bolts. Remove the steering gear.
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  11. Installation is the reverse of removal. Torque the Pitman arm nut to 175 ft. lbs. (237 Nm); the mounting bolts to 85 ft. lbs. (115 Nm) on models through 1977 or 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm) on 1978-88 models.
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