[Healeys] Steering Box
boyracer466 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 20 18:54:21 MDT 2016
This is not something you do in the car. The shims are to set the proper
clearance for the bearings (one at each end of the worm gear.) Once this is
done, either at the factory or on your work bench, you never touch it
again. But, to answer your question. Taking shims out will take out any
"end float" but possibly pinch the bearings. It's very hard to get it
right while in the car because you have the peg from the pitman arm engaged
in the worm gear and that will affect the "feel" of your end play.
On Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 7:47 AM, Stephen Hutchings <s.hutchings at rogers.com>
> I wonder if someone can point me to a good description of adjusting the
> end play or "end float" in the steering box.
> I don't find the manual's - "add or subtract shims as necessary to obtain
> the correct adjustment" very helpful.
> I had thought I had pretty minimal end play when I had the box on the
> bench (a few years back now), but on the road I find I need to take some of
> the play out.
> So- do more shims ad or decrease the end play? It's not immediately
> obvious to me. Also, I wonder if it's better to keep the arm attached while
> doing this to actually see if there is play under load.
> I'm sorry if this seems like a dumb question - I had no trouble getting
> the shims right on the wheel bearings, but this one's got me a bit confused.
> Stephen, BJ8
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