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Old 09-29-2014, 09:33 AM
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Was taking my 60 to the front end shop this morning for an alignment. Half way there the steering quit turning to the left. When I turn to the right I have pressure on the steering wheel, but to the left it just spins freely. The steering has been funny ever since I got the car.......

I am thinking the steering box is messed up ?? Or is there another connection from the steering wheel to the steering box that can strip out ?? I don't see a rag joint or any visible connection between the column and steering box.

Any help would be greatly appreciated...................
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Old 09-29-2014, 10:42 AM
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I'm assuming that you have power steering. It's possible that your control valve is bad. If the seals go bad you can lose pressure in one direction or the other. The fact that you say it turns freely leads me to believe that your gear box is the culprit though. You need to have someone turn the steering wheel while you watch the pitman arm to see if it moves in both directions.

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From the limited information you gave, I will assume you have manual steering (but you don't say, either way). This is a very RARE problem.

If you have manual steering, the box has been operating for a very long time with no lubrication.

Do NOT drive this car. Have it towed to a repair garage where the steering box can be internally inspected, then proceed from there. - Dave
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Sorry Guys I am a little frustrated...It is power steering...
The wheel will spin freely to the right with no effect on moving the tires.... Any tips on removing/replacing the gearbox ? Does the shaft have to be removed from the inside or can the box be unbolted and removed without removing the steering column ??

Sorry for all the questions but the illustrations I have are not very clear....
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The shop manual gives detailed instructions on how to remove the steering gear. In all the years of working on squarebirds I've never seen a gear box that worked in one direction only. That is certainly a strange one. I would still look at the pitman arm to make sure before I went through the trouble of removing the gear box.

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Get it up to highway speed and whip the wheel from left to right repeatedly. Sorry, I just couldnt help myself! I have a steering box that is out of the car and disassembled. Let me have a look at the internals and see if there is anything that could cause this to happen.
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Mixed information here. First it doesn't turn to the left, then the right... Regardless, don't drive it.

It could be as simple as a rotten rag joint. I'm fairly certain that your '60 is a similar set-up as my '64, and there is a rag joint between the steering box and the steering column shaft. To get it out, you'll need to partially remove the column, or remove the box.

The OE rag joint has cast ends riveted to a reinforced rubber donut. Once on your bench and in a vise you will need to drill out the rivets, replace the rubber and bolt it back together. Several vendors sell kits with these parts. Pay attention to assembly since the bolts only go in one way.
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Squarebirds don't have a rag joint. It's a solid connection from the steering column to the gear box. That's what makes it so odd.

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Here's a picture of the steering box and shaft coming out of it. The shaft runs the full length of the steering column and the steering wheel attaches to the end of the shaft. The entire steering column slides over the shaft with no joint.
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I still suspect that joint. There's has to be some provision for movement and angular change, either a universal type or constant velocity type joint. Easy enough to diagnose, just have someone turn the wheel while looking at what part isn't moving accordingly.
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