How do I reduce the lateral movement (play) in my steering wheel?

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Asked by Jul 10, 2016 at 03:01 PM about the 1930 Ford Model A Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The play in my steering wheel seems excessive.  With the wheels straight and
my hand on the steering wheel at the 12 o:clock position, I am able to move
the wheel several inches in each direction before the wheels start to move.  
What play should I have?  If mine is excessive (which I think it is) what
adjustment can I make on the steering housing to reduce it.  I believe there are
3 adjustments that can be made (worm gear, end play and one more).  Which
is the one the specifically effects the play in the wheel?  Thx

5 Answers

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On the steering sector the top nut looks different from the rest because it is has an eccentric adjusting sleeve. Loosen al the sector housing bolts just a little and then turn this eccentric adjusting nut and sleeve either right or left depending on adding play or lessening get the play. Only go a little and then tighten everything and check steering to see if it is where you want it. You may need to do this a couple of times before you get is where you want it. If you tighten too much you won't be able to move the steering wheel. So do a little each time till you comfortable with the amount of play.

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Where exactly is the steering sector? Can you take a photo of it?

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Enclosed are two pics of driver's side engine compartment. The close up shows the sector as well as the eccentric adjusting bolt/sleeve. If you have a parts catalog from a vendor like Mac's it is easy to identify parts.

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Sorry, here is the close up.

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Perfect, thank you!

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