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Old 04-22-2014, 10:06 AM
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2004 6.0 crazy steering issue

Ok so recently I replaced the power steering, so I am thinking this issue may be the steering box or track bar. my mechanic says everything else looks fine, I.e. ball joints, etc

the issue: I'm going into a turn and I obviously am turning the wheel. when I am trying to come back to center the wheel fights me pretty hard like it doesn't want to go back the way I want it to. after I return the wheel to center there is now a few inches of play and the wheel is constantly grabbing left, right, left right..in a very wobbly manner. if I drive i get on the brakes a bit it seems to help or if I just bear through it and drive straight, it'll eventually go back to pretty much normal (only like 1/2inch of play and no wobbly
left to right). but as soon as I go into another turn it'll fight and wobble back and forth.

I have It lifted 4" with 35s on 20s. i did an aftermarket steering stabilizer and like I said, already relaxed the power steering bc it was doing this before. it was great after that for about 3 weeks and now it is back
to doing it again. there is also some wine I think I hear too. maybe a new ps pump, box? thoughts?? thank you!
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Old 04-28-2014, 06:40 PM
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Probably not your issue, but a few years back, my truck seemed to run fine while driving, except after doing a big sharp turn on pavement my truck would go left to right, I had to fight it to bring it back after a 3-5 wobbles. Lifted the front of the truck to find some worn out ball joints. Replaced them all and it was good after that.

Sounds similar, but you said yours were good....
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Old 05-08-2014, 07:32 PM
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I had this and it was a seized u joint
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Old 05-15-2014, 04:27 PM
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My '06 F250 with 205k, just started doing the exact same thing your was doing about 3 weeks ago. Took it today and got the front end looked at and the gave me a list of things that had gone bad with my front end

-Both lower ball joints
-Front U-joints
-Right-outer tie rods

about a $900 project including labor is what I was quoted. My question to anyone out there is, what is a good aftermarket brand for these products that I should use to replace the OEM parts. simply because the OEM parts on this model have sealed grease fittings.
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Old 05-18-2014, 09:26 PM
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Most people will say moog is think. That's what I did
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Old 05-19-2014, 05:36 AM
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Replace your upper ball joints while your in there. It would suck if they went bad in a few thousand miles. Moog is ok. I've heard there products have declined in quality. I know a lot of the dodge guys are going raybestos over Moog.
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