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#1 fort apache OFFLINE  

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Posted December 31, 2011 - 04:28 PM

Howdy. While my Transmission is being rebuilt, I decided to look in my steering box among other things. The steering was tight, but the column was wobbly. Thought maybe it needed some tlc.

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Anyways, got it apart and cleaned but I just wanted to know if I was missing something. In the owners manual diagram, it shows the bearing as a kit. Looks like there is a race with it.

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But when I took apart the box. There were only the bearings.

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My question is did the older models have the two piece kit, or did they just have the bearings. (The manual is for 70s and later models).

Could I live without the second piece?

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Posted December 31, 2011 - 05:21 PM

no, you need the races. they may still be inside the box, check in the bottom piece you took out and at what would be the bottom of the column if it was still together. they have to be in there, no way it would work without them.
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Posted December 31, 2011 - 05:45 PM

I suspect they should be there. I'm away from what I have for manuals for the weekend, but will take a look when I get back to them.
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Posted December 31, 2011 - 06:09 PM

:blush2: They were in there... I had read the manual and just assumed they'd flop in my hands when I took it apart. I was wrong, they are still in there and look good. Thanks.

Is there anything I need to keep in mind when putting it back together?

What do you recommend: grease or gear oil?

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Posted December 31, 2011 - 06:12 PM

Bearings should be greased of course, but in the box itself I'm not sure, not had mine apart to see what is in there. Hope someone else will have the answer to that.

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Posted December 31, 2011 - 07:15 PM

It takes 1/2 pint of 80/90 gear oil in the box. For warnings, only thing I can think off is to make sure you put the bearings in the right way. I put mine in backwards and messed up the cages.

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Posted December 31, 2011 - 07:45 PM

That's what I read in the manual, but it was filled with grease (and a shot of water).

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Posted December 31, 2011 - 09:00 PM

this is what my 71 looked like. i haven't gotten into the 75 yet.
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