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Tools to adjust worm gear on steering box?

 
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smithe



Joined: 28 Jan 2009
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Location: Spokane

PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 2:46 pm    Post subject: Tools to adjust worm gear on steering box? Reply with quote

Anyone have these things or know where to get them? I need to adjust the steering on my Ghia, and it looks like I need a pretty flat 41mm open ended wrench and some large (25mm?), goofy, flat allen head wrench to do the adjustment.
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jengel451



Joined: 11 Jun 2007
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Location: Greenacres, WA (yeah, like the show)

PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

for the big one, in the past, I've just made a wrench to fit. If you halfway handy with you hands, it's not that hard.

Coat the inside of the adjuster with a thin coat of oil, pack it full of JB-weld and take a large diamete bolt (short one) with a nut on it, and sink it into the JB Weld, let it setup, you now have a fitting you can put an open end wrench on to adjust with.

Totally ghetto, but it works. Laughing
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smithe



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice!
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CustomVW



Joined: 13 Oct 2006
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Location: Hillyard off market st. and gordon

PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to use a socket witha pair of vise-grips on it......then a screw driver down the socket hole.......
now I have a nifty snap on wrench......
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shakajava



Joined: 12 Oct 2008
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Location: Spokane

PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let me know when you get it figured out. The 69" I have needs a little tweaking. I have about 2" of play instead of 1". Sounds like a shop night project to me.
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jengel451



Joined: 11 Jun 2007
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Location: Greenacres, WA (yeah, like the show)

PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also make sure, before you adjust anything, that your pitman arm pinch bolt is tight and your tie rods are good.

Reason being, if you get the steering box adjustment wrong, you can destroy it pretty quickly.
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smithe



Joined: 28 Jan 2009
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Location: Spokane

PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jengel451 wrote:
Also make sure, before you adjust anything, that your pitman arm pinch bolt is tight and your tie rods are good.

Reason being, if you get the steering box adjustment wrong, you can destroy it pretty quickly.


I will have to take a look at the pitman arm pinch bolt, I just replaced the tie rod ends, and looked over everything else with a couple buddies.
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