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Old 09-16-2009, 04:03 PM
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For me I disconnected the drag link from the pitman arm during disassembly so when i installed it on the new gear I just loosely put it on the splines with the nut on it to hold it on. After that I just check it by turning the steering wheel to full lock right and got under and look at the position of the pitman arm, then did the same for full lock to the left.

The splines on mine gear allow the pitman arm to be install only 4 different ways, so if the pitman arm was installed in the wrong position i would be VERY obvious. I'm guessing that is the same case for you. if your drag link is still connected, you can do the same thing just put your front end up on jack stands so the tires don't give any resistance. hope that made sense. good luck.

I'm sure your ready to get rid of your "Armstrong" powered steering, I know I was.
 
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Old 09-16-2009, 05:02 PM
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OK, thanks, that makes sense. I just got home from work so I am headed out to the garage to finish this thing. I noticed the grooves in the shaft and should have thought about it a little more before asking.
I stopped by NAPA and picked up the return line to the pump ( I already have a new pump and pressure line). The dealer wanted $157.00 for it?????? The exact replacement from NAPA was 21.00!!!!!
Hopefully I will have this thing back together and on the road tonight.
Thanks again,
Bill
 
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Before you hook up the lines to the new steering gear, I would dump a quart of fluid through the pump to flush out any contamination with the engine idling.
 
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Old 09-19-2009, 08:03 AM
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Well, I finally got my truck back together. Steers great again. Thanks for all your help and also for letting "borrow" your thread.
I didn't get to spend Thursday night working on the truck because my better half had different plans so finished last night. For me the biggest problem I had was getting the new return line threaded into the gear. The bends were a little off so It took a little time to to adjust them. Other than that it wasn't too bad for this rookie. I did end up flushing the whole system real good as Dave suggested. Hopefully this gear will last another 255,000 miles!
Thanks again for the help.
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Thank for sharing your experience.
I will change mine soon...
 
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I recommend that you change the fluid a couple weeks after installing a new box.
Mine had some metal in it, did the exact thing no righty, valve spool was broken in the input shaft, napa was 87 for a Cardone box. Not my first choice but works fine. Cardone bought Priors in texas I was told so the boxes should be ok.
 
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My 96 f-250 was doing exact same thing easy turning to left and hard to right..I just swapped in a new gear box and problem is fixed..I starting spraying all the bolts with pb blaster a couple days earlier and man the gear box came out with zero problems.
 
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Thanks to everyone involved in this thread!!! Same symptoms have been occuring on my truck just recently. But I also have the fluid soaked wheel well issue ... Hoping a new pressure side line and a box next week will solve my driving workout.
 
 
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