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The steering system is a very important part of your car because it helps you steer your car. Your Dodge has been your trusted vehicle for many years and you know it has an excellent steering system because it is easy to handle. The Dodge steering system is going to consist of the steering wheel, steering rack and steering gearbox. The steering gearbox contains the gears that transmit the driver’s steering inputs to the steering linkage that turns the wheels. It also multiples the driver’s steering changes so that the front wheels move more than the steering wheel.

The part of the Dodge steering system we are going to look more into is the Dodge steering gearbox. We already mentioned its function above but let’s take a look at what kinds of Dodge steering gearboxes are out there. The most common type is the rack and pinion steering. It is a very simple mechanism. The rack and pinion gearbox is enclosed in a metal tube, with each end of the rack protruding from the tube. A tie rod connects to each end of the rack. The pinion gear is attached to the steering shaft. When you turn the steering wheel, the gear spins and moves the rack. The tie road at the end of each rack connects to the steering arm.

So the rack and pinion gearbox is doing two things:

  • The first is converting rotational motion of the steering wheel into the linear motion needed to turn the wheels.
  • The second is providing gear reduction so that it is easier to turn the wheels.

The other type of Dodge steering gearbox is a worm gear or a recirculating-ball steering. The first part of this steering gear set is a block of metal with a threaded hole in it. The metal block has teeth cut into the outside of it that engage a gear to move the pitman arm. The steering wheel connects to a threaded rod, like a bolt, that sticks into the hole in the block. When the steering wheel turns the bolt also turns. Instead of twisting further into the block the way a regular bolt would, this bolt is fixed so that when it spins it moves the block, which then moves the gear to turn the wheels.

So in the worm steering gear instead of a bolt directly engaging the threads in the metal block, all the threads are filled with ball bearings that recirculate through the gear as it turns. The balls reduce friction and wear in the gear and they reduce slop in the gear. Slop would be felt when you change the direction of the steering wheel, without the balls in the steering gear, the teeth would come out of contact with each other and make the steering feel loose.

So whatever type of Dodge steering you have we are here to help with all your needs. You want to make sure your Dodge steering box is in good condition so that it does not affect your driving and lead to a dangerous situation where you could get into an accident. When it comes time to replace your Dodge steering gearbox count on us to provide you with a high-quality Dodge steering gearbox that will be an exact fit for your Dodge.