Adjusting a Steering Gear Box
Whether it is a basic truck, large SUV, or a luxury car, all vehicles come equipped with a steering gear box. A steering gear box, or power steering box, is an essential part of the steering system that works to help the driver control the vehicle with relative ease. The process of adjusting the steering gear box will vary based on the specific type of vehicle being serviced, but the principle of causing movement in the steering box is always the same.
Steps to Adjusting a Steering Gear Box
- Start by locating the loose adjustment nuts on the steering gear box.
- Then, using a wrench, adjust the slotted screws by turning them slowly.
- Continue adjusting, feeling for a ‘notch’ or bump. Once that is found, stop, and look for a welded locating pin.
- Once the pin is found, move the slots another ¼ turn to lock in the adjustment.
- Finish the adjustment by retightening the nuts.
Most steering gear boxes require an in-depth assessment of the system and involve removal of inner components for a proper diagnosis and repair. If you are unfamiliar with the process of fixing or adjusting your steering gear box, it is best to seek assistance from a qualified technician.
Signs of a Failed Steering Gear Box
Before attempting adjusting your steering gear box, it is important to perform a visual inspection of the gear box and overall steering system to ensure that it is in working order. Common signs of a failing steering gear box may include:
- Excessive vibration
- Steering noise
- Sluggish steering responses
If your vehicle is exhibiting any of these symptoms, it could mean that the steering box is not functioning properly and needs to be replaced.
Properly adjusting a steering gear box can be a relatively simple procedure. However, if the task seems to be more complex do not hesitate to contact an experienced mechanic to get the job done correctly.