Clean thoroughly, and apply fluid. I used transmission fluid, work very well for this. Or you can of course douse it with steering fluid.
Step 7: Reinstalling the piston assembly and Control Valve Housing.
Once I replaced the O-ring on the assembly and cleaned it + added fluid, it is time to reinstall the piston and gear.
With the pitman arm in the same place you took it off, push the lubricated piston into the gear box until you are able to bolt the housing cover back. Make sure to tighten these to specs, there is alot of pressure!
Step 8. Re installing the gear box to frame and steering linkage.
Tighten the 3 bolts holding the gear box to the frame.
Then reconnect the input shaft to the steering joint and tighten the 13mm bolt.
Make sure to alight the gears and notice the flat spots on the sector shaft. Make sure these line up when reinstalling into the joint on the steering shaft.
Make sure to replace the cover, if one is on it. This helps keep debris out.
Step 9: Re installing the pitman arm bolt to drank link.
- In this step it may require you to lift the front of the truck to get a little play in the steering. Once you have the bolt into the drag link, tighten securely and add the cotter pin. *** Try not to move the tires much, it will get your steering off. The drag link moves fairly easy so just wiggle it around until it falls into place.
** take precautions when lifting the truck, always use supports and block the tires up***
Step 10: Re install the power steering hoses.
MAKE SURE YOU GET THESE IN THE CORRECT INLET. Picture below for reference.
Note: my wrench in the picture is on the inlet hose. This is straight from the power steering pump. The other hose coming from your cooler goes in the opposite hole.
Again for reference: Put the hoses in the proper inlet/outlet
Step 11: Attaching reservoir hose.
Reattach the reservoir hose to the steering pump via the clamp. Make sure it snug and wont leak.
Step 12: Replacing parts you had to take off for room.
Now replace the radiator hoses, intake, and fan all back in the reverse order you took it off.
Prime and test system (with front off ground):
1. Fill power steering reservoir
2. Cycle front wheels several times
3. Repeat 23 and 24 until fluid level does not drop.
4. Briefly start truck to prime lines.
5. Repeat 1 through 3. Start truck and cycle steering several times.
28. Shut off truck and refill, repeat.
Lastly: Lower the truck safely, turn it off, take the keys out and Drink remaining beer if you are over 21 of course!
This is of course my way to repair this. I in no way or form accept any responsibility for your repair or damage to vehicle or self. This can be complicated, so if you are unsure, leave it to a professional.