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Old 07-09-2014, 07:13 PM
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Steering Wheel WAY off center

2006 f250 6.0, 6 inch BDS lift, 20 inch mickey thompson wheels, 35 inch atz mickey thompson tires

Was recently driving around a corner, doing about 50-55 mph and hit a bump in the road, truck started doing the dreaded "death wobble" This is the first time it has ever done this to me, quite frankly scared the crap out of me. I slow it down and pull it onto the shoulder, only had about 2 miles left till home anyways so I just limped it home about 25-30 mph. Once I went to turn into my driveway, after turning in and straightening out, my steering wheel was a half turn to the left just to keep the truck straight.

When I say half turn, I mean the "F" in my ford emblem in the steering wheel was facing 6 O'clock, and the "D" was facing 12 O'clock. I have not driven it since as I'm afraid it could be a possible steering issue, and would hate to get it on the road and the steering go completely out and I'm stranded on the shoulder.

I have gottten underneath the truck, yanked on the trac rod, tie rods, everything I've felt up underneath feels solid, no play at all. I have lifted the front end up and checked the ball joints, not much play at all with those.

I have had some play in my steering wheel since I've had the truck, driving straight down a highway I can turn my steering wheel either way a considerable amount and it won't turn the truck any. This is why I"m leaning more toward a steering issue.

I know there can be, and almost always are multiple issues that contribute to the death wobble, but I am just seeing if anyone has any input to my particular case. Any help is much appreciated!
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