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I was reinstalling the steering in my car today, and after some adjustments, was able to get the pitman arm to go on the keyed ridges on the steering box shaft. I torqued it up to specs (110, I believe). Everything seemed to go smoothly.

My question is this: after torquing the pitman arm, I noticed that there was still plenty of ridge left showing above the pitman arm. Is this normal? That is, is the pitman arm supposed to move fully up the ridges, or only part way? Anyone have any experience with this, or in a position to check their car?

I'm 99% I did it right, but with something this critical, I don't want to screw up!





Cecil Bozarth

1966 GT Coupe (Tahoe Turquoise with black pony interior)

1994 GT Convertible
 

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The sector shaft is tapered. If I recall, mine had a fair amount
(1/4"?) of spline still showing with the pittman arm installed. And
it wasn't on loosely - took an oxy-acetylene torch to heat it
up enough to get it off the shaft. I think if your lock washer is
good and you've torqued it to spec, you should be fine.

You can always check it after a couple of weeks on the road....

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For proper alignment one of the splines is wider than the rest. Make sure the slines are properly aligned, my 68 Shelby has 5/8" from pitman arm to bottom of steering box.

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Your answers confirmed what I suspected. Mine also has selected splines wider than the others -- as a result, it's nearly impossible to put it in incorrectly.



Cecil Bozarth

1966 GT Coupe (Tahoe Turquoise with black pony interior)

1994 GT Convertible
 
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