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Old 05-03-2011, 04:46 PM
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Steering Trouble

I have a 2005 F-250. It has been pulling to one side, like the alignment is off, and then when I correct it, it pulls to the other side. I had my mechanic check everything and he replaced the track bar and stabilizer. He said everything else was tight. It kept doing this and then started to go into a death wobble occasionally. When this happens I pull over to the side of the road for a minute and then the problem goes away and it will not pull.

Today I replaced the steering box and flushed the fluid and now have two problems.
1) it still pulls to one side or the other.
2) the line coming from the pump to the steering gear leaks. I tighten the connector all the way but the tube moves in the connector and it leaks. Is this a defective port on the steering gear or is there supposed to be an o-ring in there?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
Dave

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Old 05-03-2011, 05:44 PM
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Old 05-07-2011, 04:21 PM
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Hopfully someone chimes in. Im experiencing the same thing. I have new tie rod ends and ball joints and had an alignment done. Same thing kinda, pulls to one side try to correct it and it darts the other way. I have not had the death wobble
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Old 05-09-2011, 09:25 AM
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wobble

Hey,
I had the same issues and too and took my 06 in many times. The long and short of what was happing was this;
The dealer replaced everything (ps pump, booster, hoses, etc) BUT the gear box and I still had that wobble when turning at speed.
I had stock tires at that time and no answers. Took it to another shop not tied to Ford, and was told it was the gear box, dealer said no way those don't go out! Replaced it and it cleared up quite a bit.
I still have a wobble not nearly as bad but this is a problem in the design, and is exacerbated by lifts and larger tires.
I have found with both a lift and larger tires on mine that a little focus and SA when turning helps prevent it. For example when I'm turning on the highway I steer slightly straight at bumpy spots and this reduces that crazy wobble. There are still times when I get caught and it produces a tad bit of pucker factor but...what are ya gonna do?
I have not had any better answer and this is what has worked for my but YMMV.
Sean
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Old 05-09-2011, 05:05 PM
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I have tried two different steering boxes on my truck. Both have leaked on the fitting the goes to the cooler. Is there an adapter I need to buy so that the old hose works on re manufactured steering box? Tomorrow I might try and locate a dealer that has the hose in stock so I can look at the fitting. Maybe it changed. Has anyone run into this problem? Or have any ideas?
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My 04 was doing the same thing, would pull to one side then try and correct and then "cam over" to the other side. I first replaced the drag link end that bolts to the pitman arm and it still did it. I put in 4wd to see what happened one day and the steering wheel shook back and forth. It ended up being the passenger side u-joint in the axle shaft was froze in one direction (moved up and down but not left and right or vise-versa, I don't remember). I checked it by jacking that side's wheel and locking the hub and turning it by hand and could see the axle wobbling around. It ended up ruining the wheel seal and outer axle seal, so I needed both of those and a new u-joint. It was a pain to fix b/c I didnt have a press or a vise that opened wide enough to press the u-joint, so I used two sockets and a small sledge to beat it out of the yokes

Hope this maybe helps
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Old 05-09-2011, 05:20 PM
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Thanks ars5147,
I'm going to check the U-joints. I've been reading other posts and alot of U-joints have been going bad. If your hubs aren't locked in, why would the axle u joints affect the steering?
I still have to find out why my steering box is leaking.

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Old 05-10-2011, 03:52 PM
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Half of the passenger U-joint is seized. Going to change both this weekend.
Also a different parts guy at ford told me the steering box does need o-rings and I got them from him so my box is no longer leaking. Hopefully the u-joint will fix the original problem.
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Old 05-10-2011, 05:35 PM
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Some advice, when you take the unit bearings out, disconnect the abs sensor where they plug into the harness, dont try and take the sensors out of the units bearings themselves. Mine broke and a piece stayed in the bearing assembly had to dig it out and the sensor quit working and turned the abs light on, had to get a whole new one, $150 at the parts store but I found one for $48 on amazon.com
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Old 05-25-2011, 03:18 PM
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dnrthibault, Did you ever get the problem fixed?
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