Steering Wheel Problem

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2015: Steering Wheel Problem
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By George Ashley on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 09:06 am:

My 1926 Model T has loose motion up and down in steering gear case. The motion is about 1/8 inch causing a vibration and noise. The steering gear
cover will not tighten enough to remove the motion.
The steering gear pinion drive gears all mesh.
The steering wheel and gear cover will not pull down enough to remove the motion. There is no loose motion at the idler arm end. The problem seems to be coming from the center drive pinion gear.
I would appreciate any suggestions to solving this problem.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By ROBERT BERGSTADT on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 09:23 am:

Try the rivets by the quadrant and see if there is play, Bob


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve Tomaso - Milton,WA on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 09:46 am:

Perhaps there is excessive wear in both the gear case top & pinion gear "washer" ?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve Tomaso - Milton,WA on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 09:54 am:

To add: one might try & replace the gear case cover and try another pinion to see if one or the other helps the situation.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By George Ashley on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 10:29 am:

The case does not show wear, but has no pinion gear washer. what can be used as a washer and
where is it placed in the pinion gear area. There
is no play in quadrant.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jack Daron - Brownsburg IN on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 10:33 am:

Get a 3/4 machine washer and put it on the top of shaft.See if that helps.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By George Ashley on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 10:46 am:

Jack,
Place washer on the out side of case next to steering wheel? The top case looks as if it had more threads to screw lower the motion would disappear .


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By James M. Riedy, Sandusky, Ohio on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 10:55 am:

George, Is the set screw still in the cover? It could be that the screw is preventing it from seating as far as possible. Jim


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By George Ashley on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 11:04 am:

James,
The set screw position is about half a turn past than the slotted area and has not been installed yet.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dan Treace, North FL on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 01:48 pm:

Perhaps is wear in the p/n3521 Steering gear pinion shaft bushing.


The large 'washer' is the bushing.


That bushing is a slip fit down the fat end of the pinion. Note the pinion on left without the bushing, as its been transferred to the NOS pinion on the right.

The bushing, p/n 3521 is noted in the parts lists as 7/8" bore x 1 1/2" dia. Thickness isn't given, but a washer of proper thickness should tighten up the gap between the cover and the bushing.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By James M. Riedy, Sandusky, Ohio on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 08:21 pm:

George, Maybe you need one of these strap wrench's I got a set several years ago and they are perfect for this use. No scratches and can get a good torque on the cap. Jim

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