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Steering Play?

Can someone tell me the steps and best ways to try to solve steering play?
2006 F-350 6 inch lift on 38's
You can rotate the steering wheel about half way around either way before the truck starts to turn.

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Check ALL the steering joints (tie rod ends, pitman arm etc). If you don't find it there, it could be a bad steering box . Mine is sloppy too, but I have a bad tie rod end at 46k miles


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2006PSDSD could be right. I have quite a bit of play in my steering as well. I replaced the passenger side tie rod and it help some but not much. That tie rod was beyond shot. Come to find out, my steering issue is a direct result of my steering gear box. NAPA wants around $420 including the $180 core charge. But I have gone on ebay and found gear boxes for out 200 bucks. Also, theres a website you should check out that has great prices on anything. I made a hyper link for you to check out. Just go through the tree and youll find it. If you have any questions, just use the search box and it will guide you where you need to go. Heres the link. CLICK HERE

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Also, someone else may be able to correct me or not but have you concidered purchasing a set of steering dampaners? Should be nice to have once you get the problem fixed. Especially if you have that lift kit with those tires. May help in the long run. Hope this helps brother!

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Well I had everything that was shot on the front end fixed and it has a lot less play but still too much play and it isn't consistent. The truck just kinda wonders and the truck steers at different point at different points. Steering box I am now guessing? (Dual steering stabilizers by the way.)

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You could try and tighten the steering box . I tightened mine to get rid of the slop I had, but mine was actually loosened by a tech during a warranty visit for death wobble


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You could try and tighten the steering box . I tightened mine to get rid of the slop I had, but mine was actually loosened by a tech during a warranty visit for death wobble
how do u do that?

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how do u do that?
There's an adjuster on the top of the steering box. It has two nuts, and the actual adjuster is a allenhead (I forget the sizes though)


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There's an adjuster on the top of the steering box. It has two nuts, and the actual adjuster is a allenhead (I forget the sizes though)
, just make sure to not over tighten them cause they like to break....at least they did on one of my old trucks.

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Well I had everything that was shot on the front end fixed and it has a lot less play but still too much play and it isn't consistent. The truck just kinda wonders and the truck steers at different point at different points. Steering box I am now guessing? (Dual steering stabilizers by the way.)
sounds like this truck is giving u way too much headache...I will gladly take it off youre hands, i mean its bout worn out with those low miles..

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