31-3. STEERING GEAR REPAIR (Contd)
Clean all parts (para. 2-14).
c. Housing Group Inspection and Repair
Inspect housing (4) for breaks, cracks, chipped or broken retaining ring grooves (5) and (221, and
damaged sealing surfaces. Replace steering gear if housing (4) is damaged.
Inspect housing (4) for crossed or stripped threads. Refer to paragraph 2-16 for thread repair.
Replace steering gear if housing (4) threads cannot be repaired.
l Rack piston bore has laser-hardened tracks on side of piston
bore opposite pitman shaft cavity. These are not wear or scoring
l Inspect pitman shaft bearing bore only if pitman shaft bearing is
replaced (refer to steps 3 and 4).
Inspect pitman shaft needle bearing (21) for damage or wear (TM 9-214). Replace needle
bearing (21) if damaged or inside diameter (I.D.) (19) is worn below 1.2510 in. (31.75 mm). If
damaged or worn, replace needle bearing (21) as follows:
a. Using pitman shaft bearing remover/installer, remove hearing (21) from housing (4).
b. Lubricate bearing bore (20) and bearing (21) with hydraulic fluid.
c. Using pitman shaR bearing remover/installer and adapter ring, install bearing (21) until seated in
Inspect valve bore (lo), rack piston bore (61, worm support bore (31, and pitman sh& bearing bore (20)
for rust, pitting, scoring, galling, and wear. Wear limits for bore I.D. are: valve bore (10) 2.034 in.
(51.66 mm), rack piston bore (6) 3.128 in. (79.45 mm), worm support bore (3) 1.040 in. (26.42 mm>, and
pitman shaft bearing bore (20) 1.766 in. (44.86 mm). Remove minor rust, pitting, and scoring with
crocus cloth. If bore(s) do not meet specifications, or if there is other unrepairable damage, replace
Inspect check valve (9) for freedom of movement. If damaged, replace check valve (9) as follows:
a. Pry check valve (9) out of housing (4) with a small screwdriver.
b. Lubricate housing (4) and check valve (9) with hydraulic fluid.
c. Install check valve (9) using 3/8 in. (9.53 mm) outside diameter (O.D.) tubing, 4 in. (10.16 cm) long.
Inspect side cover (1) for breaks, cracks, stripped or crossed threads (21, warped or damaged sealing
surface (71, and scored or worn bushing 03). Repair minor scoring and thread (2) damage. Replace
side cover (1) if bushing (8) is worn through or loose in bore. Replace bushing (8) if I.D. is worn over
1.248 in. (31.70 mm).
Inspect housing end plug (23) for breaks, cracks, and chipped edges. Replace housing end plug (23) if
d. Pitman Shaft Inspection and Repair
Inspect pitman shaft (15) for bends, breaks, chipped, cracked, or broken gear teeth (14), wear on
bushing journal (18) or bearing journal (171, crossed or stripped threads, and bent or twisted
splines (16). Bushing journal (18) minimum O.D. is 1.2468 in. (31.699 mm) and bearing journal (17)
minimum O.D. is 1.2500 in. (31.750 mm). Repair minor thread damage. Replace pitman shaR (15) if
worn or unrepairable.
Inspect lash adjuster screw (11) for free rotation in shaft (15), tight retainer plug (13), crossed or
stripped threads, and rounded hex-socket hole (12). Repair minor thread damage. Replace pitman
shaR (15) if damaged.