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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, Is there an easy steering box adjustment?(79 deville) in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Yes on the caster. I read here to go with 4.5 degrees (stock is 2 I think). My alignment guy ...
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    Seville fan is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
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    Re: Is there an easy steering box adjustment?(79 deville)

    Yes on the caster. I read here to go with 4.5 degrees (stock is 2 I think). My alignment guy said there was room to go higher so I went with 5. It was a subtle change but worth it IMO. Steering is a tad heavier but it returns to center better and there is a little more "feel".

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    cadillac_al is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
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    Re: Is there an easy steering box adjustment?(79 deville)

    Quote Originally Posted by caddydave2001 View Post
    When I first got the car, I wanted the steering to be a little tighter, so I asked my mechanic if he could do that. He said it was an easy adjustment on the steering box, and did it for me. WHile now, after Ive replaced alot of components, and tires, its too sensitive for my tastes. if I turn the wheel ever so slightly in either direction, it goes in that direction immediately, so It can be tough to keep the car driving straight with natural steering wheel movement. Is there something I can do that will ease up the sensitivity, and allow me to move the wheel slightly without the car immediately going in those directions?
    It sounds like they went a tiny bit too far. Like Jay said in post #6, it only has to be turned a tiny bit. If you go too far it is over sensitive and hard to find center. I would just loosen it an 1/8-1/4 turn and see how you like it there. A 1/4 turn is a lot so try 1/8 first or just go 1/4 turn and see if it is too loose.

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    drmenard is online now Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
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    Re: Is there an easy steering box adjustment?(79 deville)

    I think if you go 1/4 or even 1/8 turn its going to be too much... Its been years since I played with that adjustment.. If I remember right that screw was torqued to a few inch pounds when rebuilding the unit... Before I did any adjusting I would scribe a good line to know where you started...

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