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Steering problem

The past couple weeks I've noticed that while driving straight down the road, and turning slightly to the right or left it's like I need to give it a little bit of pressure to turn the wheel. It's hardly noticable, but I've been paying close attention and I've noticed it a couple times. Everything in the front end feels tight. Doesn't feel like there's any play in the steering box or anything. Could the stabilizer be sticking or something? Like I said it's just barely noticable and only happens when the wheel is straight and I start to slightly turn. Truck isn't lifted and has factory size tires too.

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Just checked again and the sway bar does have a little bit of play in it. I'll pick up some bushings to see if it helps. Not sure if this is the problem or not though.

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This is a stupid question since I'm sure you already did but did you check your air pressure in the tires? If the sway bar has some play then thats more than likely the problem.
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could be a front axle u-joint starting to stick too

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Checked it all over in the day light. Ball joints, U joints, wheel bearings are all tight. The sway bar bushings on the frame definitely have some play in them though. Plus I was able to get a little bit of play out of the steering linkage that attaches to the pitman arm when I had my wife sit in the truck and turn the wheel. I'm assuming 1 or both of those issues is probably my problem.

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and does anyone know a good place to order sway bar bushings? Looks like I'll have to measure the diameter of the sway bar as there are several options.

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Mine did that for a while and then after giving that slight pressure it would go hard left or right and it was my ujoints they Were starting to seize and then they did and that's when it was hard to keep it on the road


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Mine did that for a while and then after giving that slight pressure it would go hard left or right and it was my ujoints they Were starting to seize and then they did and that's when it was hard to keep it on the road


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I think mine is doing that right now. It drives fine, then every once in a while I turn then the wheel gets tight. Almost asif it is fighting me. Then it doesn't want to straighten up. drifts left, then right after a while fixes it self and drives stright. Never know when it will happen.

I have replaced drag link tie rods, steering gear box, upper and lower ball joints on both sides... Still doing it.

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I have replaced drag link tie rods, steering gear box, upper and lower ball joints on both sides... Still doing it.
Sounds like ceased u-joints
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Has anyone had this issue parked not moving and tried to give just acouple more rpm's and it goes away? Ive heard that theirs a spring in the pump that can cause a low pressure at idle and as i say goes away with abit of rpm's
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