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Steering wheel is pointing at 11:00 when I'm going straight...

Our '05 6.0 F350 seems to have something up with the steering. First thing that we noticed when we bought it was the steering wheel is at about 11 o'clock when you're going straight down the road.

The other strange thing is that the steering feels loose when going over bumps. It's not the "death wobble", but you can feel the front end dart either direction when going over bumps.

Before I shell out for an alignment, any ideas what would cause these symptoms? The tires aren't wearing badly, pretty even.

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mine was doing some thing similar, checked ball joints,tie rods ect... turned out to be the steering box. (there is an adjustment screw on it to tighten it) if its super bad it needs replaced

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Our '05 6.0 F350 seems to have something up with the steering. First thing that we noticed when we bought it was the steering wheel is at about 11 o'clock when you're going straight down the road.
You need to adjust the drag link. Park your truck with your wheels turned straight. Have key one, and engine off. E-brake on. Loosen the nuts on the retaining sleeve of the drag link and adjust the sleeve till your steering wheel is straight. It's easier with someone inside telling you when the steering wheel is straight.

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You need to adjust the drag link. Park your truck with your wheels turned straight. Have key one, and engine off. E-brake on. Loosen the nuts on the retaining sleeve of the drag link and adjust the sleeve till your steering wheel is straight. It's easier with someone inside telling you when the steering wheel is straight.
Thanks for the info! Is this something normal on these trucks? Previously, I've had GM IFS, so the application of some of this stuff is someone new to me.

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Thanks for the info! Is this something normal on these trucks? Previously, I've had GM IFS, so the application of some of this stuff is someone new to me.
I am not too sure, I had this problem when I first bought my 7.3, I adjusted it back then. However, I think it is off again, I don't pay much attention anymore.

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Is it lifted..or has the steering wheel been off since you got it?
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Is it lifted..or has the steering wheel been off since you got it?
Nope, 100% stock. Steering wheel hasn't ever been off to my knowledge. It's definitely in the steering system; It almost feels loose - You can straighten the wheel when you're going down the road, but you can feel it pulling slightly to the right when the wheel is straight up and down.

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i have a 4.5" lift and the wheel is always at 1 oclock to drive straight... will adjusting this arm work for me???
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i have a 4.5" lift and the wheel is always at 1 oclock to drive straight... will adjusting this arm work for me???
Yes. Its the drag link that goes from the steering box to the tie rod. If you adjust the other one you will screw with the toe.

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Can someone post up a picture of the drag link to adjust. After getting my 4 inch Pure Performance lift put on my steering wheel is turned over to the right. Also which way do i adjust the drag link. Which way to turn the adjuster?

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