Re: Steering box adjustment - how much is too much?
I've got almost 300K miles on the odometer, but I don't know how old the steering gear box is. The box has at least a few years of rust scale built up on it, so I'm sure that it has seen at least 50K or possibly up to 100K miles on it or more. It may even be the original. Unfortunately, there have been at least two owners before me, and I can't get the info.
From what I've read, it looks like the OEM boxes last about 50K miles or even less. Maybe I'm only reading about the bad ones and there are more good than bad out there.
I feel that mine has definitely lived a good long life either way, so I won't feel bad about replacing it. I would still like to keep it going as long as I can, so I'll probably wait on the replacement a little bit until I'm sure it's on its last leg since the slop is gone now. When it is time to replace, I am probably going to take it apart to see what the problem is - a leak, worn bearing, or whatever. I've seen some rebuild kits for sale, and I've read of some people rebuilding themselves and getting them back to great condition with just 2-3 hours of work. I think it would be fun to try, even if I end up having to buy a new/remanufactured one anyway.