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1965 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Steering Gear Cardone - Steering Gear

P311-3242871    27-6537  Remanufactured

358938 , 3996779 , 3996780 , 3996781 , 6258460 , 6260559 , 6260560 , 6272004 , 7809529 , 7813599 , 7818137 , 7818138 , 7818141 , 7818145 , 7818886 , 7819389 , 7826336

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Cardone Steering Gear
  • In-Line filter available For warranty purposes it is recommended to always install a filter and to use suggested OE Fluid and flush the system with Power Steering Gear
  • Steering Gear
  • The steering gear box is the heart of the vehicle’s steering system. It guides the wheels’ movement in conjunction with the direction that the steering wheel is rotated, helping achieve ideal steering response for more efficient driving. CARDONE® Remanufactured Steering Gear Boxes are re-engineered, built and tested to match O.E. performance. Each unit features 100% new O-rings and lip seals to ensure leak-free, long-lasting performance. Shafts are surfaced to precise specifications to eliminate premature seal wear and extend gear life. All units are 100% hydraulically tested to ensure perfect fit and function.
Brand: Cardone
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1965 - Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser
1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Steering Gear Cardone - Steering Gear

P311-53C707A    27-6507  Remanufactured

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Cardone Steering Gear
  • In-Line filter available For warranty purposes it is recommended to always install a filter and to use suggested OE Fluid and flush the system with Power Steering Gear
  • Steering Gear
  • The steering gear box is the heart of the vehicle’s steering system. It guides the wheels’ movement in conjunction with the direction that the steering wheel is rotated, helping achieve ideal steering response for more efficient driving. CARDONE® Remanufactured Steering Gear Boxes are re-engineered, built and tested to match O.E. performance. Each unit features 100% new O-rings and lip seals to ensure leak-free, long-lasting performance. Shafts are surfaced to precise specifications to eliminate premature seal wear and extend gear life. All units are 100% hydraulically tested to ensure perfect fit and function.
Brand: Cardone
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Vehicle Submodel
1977 - Oldsmobile Cutlass Vista Cruiser
BBB Industries
1970 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Steering Gear BBB Industries - New Steering Gear

P311-5964FEC    N503-0110  New

19321358 , 358938 , 3996779 , 3996780 , 3996781 , 6258460 , 6260559 , 6260560 , 6272004 , 7809529 , 7813599 , 7818137 , 7818138 , 7818141 , 7818145 , 7818886 , 7819389 , 7826336

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BBB Industries Steering Gear
  • Power Steering
  • New Steering Gear
  • Product Attributes:
    • Inlet Size: 5/8x18
    • Input Shaft Diameter:
      • 0.8
      • 20.32
    • Installation Kit Included: Yes
    • Manual or Power: Electric
    • Output Shaft Diameter: 31.75
    • Pressure Port Thread Size: 5/8x18
    • Prop 65 Warning: Warning: Cancer And Reproductive Harm
    • Return Port Thread Size: 11/16x18
    • Turns Lock To Lock: 3.375
Brand: BBB Industries
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1970 - Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser
1964 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Steering Gear 8 Cyl 5.4L PWR

P311-3D9CB2C    61-5770  New

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PWR Steering Gear
  • New Power Steering Gear
  • Product Attributes:
    • Input Shaft Diameter: 20.3
    • Input Shaft Spline Quantity: 32
    • Output Shaft Diameter: 31.7
    • Output Shaft Spline Quantity: 32
    • Output Shaft Thread Diameter: .875
    • Port 1 Thread Diameter: .6875
    • Port 2 Thread Diameter: .625
    • Power Assisted: Yes
    • Total Turns Lock To Lock: 4.3
  • Direct Fit - to make installation easy; All units are USA Engineering Approved; PWR Pumps, Racks & Gears are 100% tested for leaks, pressure, noise and function
Brand: PWR
Additional Fitment Information:
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1964 - Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser V 8 Cyl 5.4L 330 5409

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37 Plymouth Coupe Steering Gear

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Question From blubiu02 on 37 Plymouth Coupe Steering Gear

I've got a 1937 Plymouth coupe with an all stock L head 6 cylinder 3 speed trans. I would really appreciate some advice on how to adjust the steering gear. Its got about a quarter turn of play and its not safe to drive. There's not much info on the internet so I thought i'd ask my fellow gear heads for help on this one. Thanks for your time,,,,

Response From blubiu02

Thanks to all for the help. From what I gathered from all the reply's, I'm now looking for a replacement steering gearbox. I checked the gear oil level and there is none which tells me it's wore out. That old gal and I have gotten pretty close over the years and she deserves nothin but the best. I'm sure all you gear guys and gals can relate. Take care and thanks again everyone.

Response From Hammer Time

I may be wrong but I thought I remember a lot of those older manual steering units not using oil but regular grease instead.

Response From Tom Greenleaf

Excuse my novels on these type gearboxes - still used in certain things. Still own what you probably have almost exactly. Happens to be oil filled I guess intended for life as all manuals on the thing don't really get into that. Top was snapped in 1956 (48 John Deere - automotive steering) and brazed, filled and was fine for another 25 years!

No exact parts ever found now for 46 years! It works but has same 1/4 turn play and fine as top speed is ~15 maxed out.

Another I did put a grease fitting on and filled it - no problems. Caps where the types adjust have a notch for a vent or better ones a ball valve such that water can't get in but maintain zero pressure or vacuum so as not to encourage leaking.

In short you found it dry no surprise so replace it is the job. In searching for images (almost any search engine) you'll find they go to a site and many pics showed for exact bolt on duplicates for anything but wouldn't post their pics here - went blank. Look for an exact would be lots easier then custom fitting in something IMO.

Said early that it probably already was replaced to try to find out what you have. I just want you to consider the ratio of the thing in what you find works best. OE duplicate if you find one would last indefinitely simply because metals are much stronger and seals more tolerant.

Good luck with the fix. Can't expound more until you know what you want, have and can find. Whatever do pay attention to set it centered if not marked count turns lock to lock. Many were AFUed and turned more one way than the other forever and still had too much play but just enough to drive at all. It can be fair never be great with the design of front end at all,


Response From Hammer Time Top Rated Answer

I strongly recommend not attempting this. If you examine your situation a little closer you may realize that all the play you are referring to mainly shows up in the straight ahead position and very little shows up if the wheels are angled.

This happens because of excessive wear in the straight ahead position only. If you crank down on that backlash adjustment it will be too tight on turns. That adjustment was put there for initial setup when the box is first assembled and should never be touched after.

Replacing or rebuilding the box is the correct option.

Response From Hammer Time

If the box has worn a flat spot in the worm in the straight ahead position, it should not be adjusted.

Response From Tom Greenleaf


OP - Let me start over with just the complaint of free play. Before we even go to steering box which is common so are other things. All steering parts must be in order from the wheel bearings, joints (king pins) on up the any steering damper and splined for the wheel itself to the shaft - all of it. In fact if this happened quickly - few miles then noticed something is broken. If so it's wildly important to find or risk total loss of steering. 1937 and some newer most all older lacked strong metal that was light, lubrication of things lacked also. Still some rubber products not yet used and might find leather where you would have used rubber still and if dried out cracked. You must know what and choose the fix method depending on what,


Response From Tom Greenleaf


True as HT says if this ever was set/adjusted when not in the center or straight ahead position it would ruin it! YOU MUST KNOW WHAT EXACT TYPE YOU HAVE AND FIND SPECIFICS IF NOT TOTALLY COMMON ONES!

In my hunting did find exact fit whole new boxes to way back models. The issue remains what it is now of total importance and if unknown find out somehow.

In my mega hundreds of adjusting these things notice that at about the 10 year mark they could use some adjustment and were meant to BUT YOU REALLY COULD ONLY DO THAT ONCE maybe twice then box is just worn out.

Not sure your intention or budget for the particular car so say so. Some would dump the whole thing for an entire different type usually rack and pinion.

There is a lot of geometry to even antique steering concepts simply because any must accommodate the different angles a wheel will want to turn and not scuff up like even an old child's toy something. NO. It must allow different steering radius' for each wheel DURING a turn NOT when straight ahead.

This is design engineering for the specific vehicle when new not really intended to need or last long enough for service. The car still exists so lubrication for the thing used much or not probably was ignored and wore it some or badly by now if original.

Full warning on this. Know exactly what you have and want to do or don't touch it until you can do anything and know the difference or find someone who does to deal with it. The free play you mention is excessive and a warning that you are up for serious troubles or at least a hassle to make it safe and to your liking again,


Response From Tom Greenleaf

Gotta help me help you on this. This is non power steering right? Probably so will go with that.

1st check top of steering box is in fact tightened down and note what you see (may have been altered fixed or changed more than once already) so it can be either adjusted or know you need another whole box.

You should see a stud with either a hex smaller bolt or probably not but an Allen headed stud held by a larger hex nut. It matters what type the Allen head would be newer and not OE.

1/4 turn is of course way too much suggesting it's really worn now. Manual boxes actually need to be checked for oil much like either a gear case or take top off and fill them. They really weren't meant for much service that I know of.

You should hoist both front wheels so turning is without any effort and point steering wheel known straight ahead. THAT IS CRITICAL! If you do anything to it with it turned you can easily ruin it!

Now feel the exact play it has without tires on the ground. That is now what you only might fix as it's excessive now.

Not sure we can know what is there now so this is general for recirculating ball (if that type??) steering gear boxes.

I'll try to find a pic of what I expect you'll find and post it.


Fill will gear oil of a non detergent type if you can find it should do. NON DETERGENT is key. Container marked or a detergent oil/grease some call it could make it leak badly or worse than it does.

Look for a top fill probably square headed bolt. That would be a fill level near top on side. Hope it's square as it helps prove that type.

Fill till it spills out or do nothing if it's real close now. Bend a Q-Tip and check as needed.

.... Loosen holding larger nut just enough. It may or may not be reverse threaded! Same with the smaller one I'll call a stud nut in center of that. That just turn a little towards CW first as it could be reverse threaded also and need to know so don't rush this.

Turn a little bit and back to steering wheel to see if there's more or less play so you know what direction all is going. You may need to only turn 1/8th turns at a time and keep checking play at wheel. Eventually you may need to back off locking larger nut which should be held in place while turning the center one or would tighten up on itself and mess you up.

Turn the center till you are sure there's less free play. If it's going well DO NOT AIM FOR ZERO PLAY but a few inches left such that when finished you still have some but not too much. It needs it or wears itself out.

Just reduce the play to reasonable and don't get too greedy for none which it will and wreck itself. Now when done tighten holding nut firmly and wheel still hoisted should turn wheels and coast! It must be free as a bird or could be too tight. You've counted turns I hope so if too tight back off till it is.

Now time for a test drive. With weight on the car now it will have less play going straight ahead if you succeeded but need to turn a corner and let caster alone return steering wheel back to close to dead ahead again. If you made the adjustment too tight it would stay turned and not come back by itself while moving - you are in trouble if so!

I'll call this a "pre-war" car and things all over were meant to be adjustable and greasable including stuff you wouldn't think of like leaf springs and pivoting things all over it not just many for steering. Not just miles but do all of them now and then.

I'll go looking for a pic of what the steering box should look like. If not and all different I may have the wrong type in mind or high chance this has already been changed out as said,


Response From Tom Greenleaf

Still looking. Basic idea on a YouTube NOT THIS CAR but the idea........This is when you already KNOW the play is from the box at all not something else worn or loose!

Try for a crude diagram. Note and sorry, forgot that some "lash" adjuster might be a screwdriver flat headed stud too..........
Pics may not cooperate or expire?


It was there for basic idea not specific to your exact gear box not known and if this car is not some remarkable original may have already been altered or changed so pay attention to what you have not even what any manual says unless it matches exactly,


Steering Gear Box replacment problem

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Question From jlongjr61 on Steering Gear Box replacment problem

I have a 2001 GMC Jimmy 4x4 4.3L V-6 and I had to replace the steering gear box on it. While I was putting the new one in I went to hook up the relay rod to the steering linkage and one wheel is straight and one is slightly turned. When I took the box out they were both slightly turned to the left and equal. I had to turn them to the left to disconnect the steering intermediate shaft from the gear box. So what could be the issue?

Response From Hammer Time Top Rated Answer

I really don't know what you're referring to. There is only one connection to the steering box and there is nothing specific to left or right so nothing changes by swapping a steering box.

Steering Gear Box

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Question From smcvey on Steering Gear Box

HELP! Don't ask me how (but I do have a 17 year old son) but I need a new steering gear box on my 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup. I have a friend that would be willing to tackle the job but he isn't sure whether the frame needs to be lifted for this. Anyone know the answer...I can't afford the $500 the shop wants to charge for it. My husband just lost his job and we have very little coming in. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Response From re-tired

Here ya go . We're dying to know how he managed to destroy one.



  1. Place the wheels in the straight-ahead position.
  2. Disconnect the fluid hoses from the steering gear and cap the lines.
  3. Remove the coupler pinch bolt and slide the shaft off the gear.
  4. Matchmark the pitman shaft and arm and remove the arm.
  5. Remove the steering gear fasteners and remove the gear.
  6. Installation is the reverse of removal.

NOTE The use of new mounting hardware is recommended. Alternately, use a medium strength thread-locking compound on the mounting hardware.
  1. Be sure to tighten all hardware to the proper specification.
  2. After adding fluid, carry out the power steering pump "Initial Operation" procedure.

Fig. Steering gear pinch bolt and coupler-Ram

Response From smcvey Top Rated Answer

He's not talking BUT the guy at the shop where I have it showed me where there was something that was bent and rammed into the gear box and when they pulled that out it left a hole. The mechanic said he must have hit something low that bent, whatever it was, and rammed it into the gear box. And I quote, "Mom, I didn't hit anything. I have no idea how that could have happened." WHATEVER! Like I wasn't 17 once. I cracked an oil pan and claimed I had no idea how. Running over a barricade will do that you know. Thanks for your help. I think my friend will be able to do it

2001 Chevy Malibu re-installing transaxle procedure

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Question From alwaysthere on 2001 Chevy Malibu re-installing transaxle procedure

I have a 2001 Chevy Malibu that I am replacing the transmission on. One of the steps was to disconnect the power steering pressure and return lines so that I can lower the sub frame. Now that the transmission has been replaced I am raising the sub frame back in to place and need to reconnect the power steering lines. My problem is, I don't know which line goes into which port of the power steering gear. My Haynes manual does not say and Google is not helping me either.

Of the two lines, one has a bend about one and a half inches from the connector. The other has a bend three inches from the connector.

On the power steering gear one port is close to the top where the steering fork attaches. The other is lower and pointed a little more towards the rear of the car.

Response From Timthecarguy719

I'd just go to a junk yard and look at one and see how it is.

Response From Hammer Time

They should fall right into place when you get them in the correct position, assuming you haven't bent them up.

Response From alwaysthere

I have tried lining them up in place and neither seems to fit in place better than the other place.

Response From Hammer Time

It has to if you haven't bent them.

Response From alwaysthere

I'm afraid that doesn't help me figure out which one goes where. If they were bent they were not bent very much. The lines travel from the passenger side of the vehicle across to the drivers side before connecting so even a slight bend would easily put them out of position.

Response From Hammer Time

Nobody publishes what your looking before because it's not a problem that techs run into. It's usually pretty obvious when you get the lines in the correct position.

Response From alwaysthere Top Rated Answer

I'm sure I could follow the lines from the power steering pump to determine which is the pressure and which is the return. But I don't know which hole in the steering gear is which. Can you help me figure that out at least?

Response From Hammer Time

Apparently I'm not getting my point across.

Response From alwaysthere

Apparently I'm not getting mine across. I CAN NOT TELL WHICH WAY THEY GO BASED ON THEIR POSITION. I need an ALTERNATE method of figuring out which way they go. I am asking for help, not beratement for slightly bending the tubes while trying to remove my transmission.

Response From Hammer Time

I told you, that information is not published and not something we would know off the top of our head for every make of vehicle out there so to be clearer, I don't know without being there.

Do you think i would have gone back and forth 10 times if I could have simply answered the question?

Response From alwaysthere

Does anyone else have a suggestion? I've wasted hours trying to figure this out and I'm not getting any help. There must be some diagrams that show how to rebuild the steering gear somewhere, and that should indicate which is the pressure line and which is the return. Maybe someone else has a similar year Malibu and could look at their car. In the mean time I'm fucked.

Response From alwaysthere

Here is a diagram I found. There are two holes in the steering gear (5) where hoses (3) and (4) connect. I just need to know which goes in which hole.

Response From zmame

by looks of the picture of a used on i seen with lines cut off on the net #4 goes on bottom #3 goes on top, but don't quote me on it.. best bet is to look at another malibu.

Response From alwaysthere

I figured out from another forum, the return line (3) is on top.

Response From Hammer Time

And the diagram doesn't tell you that, does it? and none of the others will either.

Can someone identify this part?

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Question From Mklangelo on Can someone identify this part?

I have a massive power steering leak on a 92 Buick LeSabre Custom.

The attached picture is from the front driver's side facing the Firewall. The Steering Column comes out of the Firewall and there is a rubber boot (red arrow) and the fluid is coming from the bottom of the boot (green arrow).

Can someone tell me what is inside that boot and what it's called? What steps would you take to further troubleshoot this?

Any info would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks and have a good one,


Response From Discretesignals

The arrow is pointing to the steering shaft boot. The boot protects the steering shaft that connects to the top of the rack. If you have fluid leaking out of the boot, you need a steering rack. There are also hoses and metal lines that connect to the top of the rack's head. You might want to get the vehicle in the air and make sure you don't have a line leak spraying on the boot.

Response From Mklangelo

Thanks for the reply, Discrete.

Would this part also be know as the Steering Gear? It's the closest thing I can come up with in my Chilton's manual...

Response From Discretesignals Top Rated Answer

Yes, the steering rack and pinion is also known as the steering gear.