Tightening your steering gearbox is a bad idea

Last Modified : Mar 30, 2021

I get a lot of questions from people who are sick of how their Ford steers while the wheel is in the center. Usually you have to constantly correct the vehicle to maintain a straight line. A lot of slop and looseness develops when the steering wheel is in the center.

One thing you do not want to do is tighten the adjustment screw on your gearbox. Tightening the steering gearbox on a Ford will get rid of some of the excessive clearance while the wheel is straight. The center of the worm drive is where most of the wear happens. That's where most of your driving occurs, that's where your wheel is when you hit those pot holes and bumps in the road. The problem is the other parts of the gear are not worn as much. Now after you tighten the gearbox, the clearance is insufficient while the wheel is turned.