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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-15-02, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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Xe Steering Box Adjustment

Does anyone know where the adjustment on an xe steering box is and how much should i adjust it to get the freeplay out of it.

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I change my idler arm evry couple of months and allmost never hit gutters what could be the problem.
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i've got the same problem in my XF. I'd also like to know the solution...

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For the XE with manual steering:

The sector adjustment is on top of the box - the input shaft adjustment is at back where the column connects.

You adjust the input shaft preload first - then the sector shaft.

The input shaft adjustment is very rarely done as it is a relatively big job and you need a torgue wrench. You also have to remove the Pitman arm.

The sector shaft is easy - just undo the locknut a little and with a large screwdriver you can screw down the grub screw enough so you feel just a little freeplay at the steering wheel rim - about 15 - 20 mm. Tighten up the lock nut when you're done. Now, this is not the way the good book says to do it, but is a simplified method you'll be able to do yourself and it won't damage anything.

With the XF, (or XE with power steer) the power steering box has to come out of the car to be adjusted. The adjusters are at the front (opposite to where the column connects) and on the side (away from the engine).
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I hate that bloody idler arm.....I'm always replacing it, and the bushes, bloody everything with my front suspension. God knows why it keeps clunking when going slowly over speedbumps or driving through a marking lot. Really pisses me off.

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I hate that bloody idler arm.....I'm always replacing it, and the bushes, bloody everything with my front suspension. God knows why it keeps clunking when going slowly over speedbumps or driving through a marking lot. Really pisses me off.
That noise is probably not your idler arm but spring saddle/s - to fix both permanently get replacement items with nolathane bushes. Do your upper inners at the same time and you won't get any more noises or wear problems. Oh, and while you're down there ... no not that! ... do your stabiliser bar bushes too.
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Hmmmm come to think of it, I've never replaced the saddles. Now it's starting to sound like a horse.

ARRRGGGGHHHH!!! THE STABILIZERS! I HATE THAT!

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