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Looking for a solution for my 53 L model. It takes a lot of turns of the steering wheel to actually get the wheel turned in either direction. It is not very conducive to drive it around especially where I live in the city.

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Depending on which model L you have, it could be 28.4 or 24.4 to 1 ratio which is good for a fully loaded truck with no power steering. Have seen some get very creative and do radical surgery and put in a R model power steering or other types of power steering into older Macks.

Every situation is different so it is hard to say what your best option might be. Some R models without power steering are 32.5 to 1 ratio.

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We need a little more information.

Has the truck always done this or is it new?

Do you actually turn the steering wheel without the front tires responding?

How many turns does it take to go lock to lock and from center to lock? Is it the same both ways?

Can you hear air leaking when you turn the wheel?

Have you watched the steering mechanism while someone else turns the wheel to make sure everything is tight?

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I have a LJSWX that I'm putting power assist on .It has 4 turns each way from center @ a 24.1 box.could you post a couple of pic of the pitman arm to steering arm.check the tie rod ends for slack, and drag links,along with king pin wear.

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