You make the adjustment with the steering wheel serving as your torque wrench.
Translated, what the Haynes manual says is: "back off on the sector gear preload until it is free, then gradually snug it down until you just start to feel the resistance turning the steering wheel."
A new Ford "reman" box is priced at a shade over $300. If your box is worn, an adjustment won't fix it. May be worth replacing, that's what I did. I have actually adjusted steering boxes. If you have little wear, you can get away with an adjust.
Trouble is, you can't feel this subtle increase in steering shaft torque indicating correct preload with the suspension connected. You have to disconnect the pitman arm from the centerlink.
Edited by lifespeed (01/12/03 04:56 PM)
2004 Silver Birch Marauder 140K miles
Wilwood F/R brakes, Penske 7500DA shocks, Hypercoil 600lbs F and Grand Marquis R air springs, Addco tubular sway bars, Metco control & Watts, 31 sp axles, Stainless Works cat-back exhaust, Lidio tune, BFG KDWS tires