Steering tightening as the car gets hot

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Steering tightening as the car gets hot

Post #1 by StarDiero75 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:00 am

Howdy guys,

So i had my box rebuilt back in december and i rebuilt the front end last August. Im noticing now that when the car warms up the steering tightens up a lot and it kinda difficult to turn. Ive dialed baxk the adjustment screw in the box by quarter turn and it still tightens up a lot.

Any ideas why?

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Ryan
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Re: Steering tightening as the car gets hot

Post #2 by mustang6 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:55 am

Manual steering, right? That would be really weird for a manual steering 6 cylinder car as no heat should be getting to the box. When it tightens up, does the box feel warm?

Also, that adjustment screw on top of the box is only one of a couple adjustment points that are meant to be set up together. If the bearing preloads are too tight, that's not the screw that adjusts that.

http://www.stangerssite.com/adjustment.html
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Re: Steering tightening as the car gets hot

Post #3 by StarDiero75 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:52 am

mustang6 wrote:Manual steering, right? That would be really weird for a manual steering 6 cylinder car as no heat should be getting to the box. When it tightens up, does the box feel warm?

Also, that adjustment screw on top of the box is only one of a couple adjustment points that are meant to be set up together. If the bearing preloads are too tight, that's not the screw that adjusts that.

http://www.stangerssite.com/adjustment.html

I thought it was weird too. Ive moved the screw and it doesnt chsnge the tightness. I had a decent exhaust leak due to a loose flange at the manifold, i tightened it and i noticied it isnt getting nearly as tight. Could it be it was heating up the tie rod joints and center link joints? That is the only logical thing i can think of. After fixing the leak, it is much looser, but still stiffer than when its cold.

No the box isnt hot.

Im very puzzled by this
--1965 Ranchero w/1966 200 and 3.03 column shift, 8" rear 2.8 (Yes I know the gearing sucks), weber 32/36, CRT Performance HEI.
--1961 Studebaker Lark VI, OHV 170 l6 in the process of being resurrected. But it lives
--Creator of the only Weber 32/36 conversion video.

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Re: Steering tightening as the car gets hot

Post #4 by 65coupei6 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:04 pm

The screw is not really meant for that purpose. You should check Chokostang's site for more info.

Did you check your centerlink? Did you grease everything?
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Re: Steering tightening as the car gets hot

Post #5 by frozenrabbit » Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:11 am

heat, if anything, would make the tie rod ends looser as the grease heats up

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