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Old 04-26-2010, 07:34 PM
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advise needed steering wheel position

Hi. recently purchased a used high mileage 6.4 from ford dealer. I paid lots for it considering the condition was a bit rough. They would not give me a warranty as it had just done 100,000 miles but they promised me it would be fully serviced and checked over before I collected it. long story short I found that loads of stuff was not checked:
coolant low
no coolant in fuel cooling system
washer motor not working
vacume pump running constant
tail lights not working properly
vacume seals leaking oil from front diff.

I got the dealer to fix all of this but ended up taking truck in 5 times because I kept finding new problems.
The truck always pulled to the left so I had it checked out at an independent garage who told me top and bottom ball joints both sides were gone. took it back to ford and went nuts at the manager! he had already moved my trade in dodge or i would have got my money back!
the best he could offer was to pay the parts if I paid the labour and being stuck between a rock and a hard place I agreed! $1000 later went to pick the truck up and it pulled to the right and the steering wheel was not centered, the service tech said that he had done an alignment and it pulled because that was they way the tires had worn, he also said the steering wheel would be staright when I got new tires.
Anyway its driving me nuts now that the wheel is wonky, is there anything i can do? This is my first ford and I love it but the service from the dealership is so bad its ruining the experience for me. any advise would be appreciated
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:33 AM
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Switch the front tires. If it pulls the other way, it is a tire problem, if it still pulls right, the alignment tech did something wrong.
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Switch the front tires. If it pulls the other way, it is a tire problem, if it still pulls right, the alignment tech did something wrong.
would it still pull if I put both front tyres on the rear?
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Old 04-28-2010, 02:45 AM
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Possibly. If you just switch the front, that would be the best place to start.
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The steering wheel can be adjusted by the adjuster sleeve on the drag link (bar going from the pitman arm to the passenger side wheel). Just park with your front wheels straight and adjust the sleeve till your steering wheel is straight.
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Find a different dealer. Better yet forget the dealer all together and go to an independent garage that knows how to align a vehicle.

Have the tires rotated. If the tires are causing the problem. Then putting the rears on the front and the fronts on the rear should correct the problem.
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thanks, will switch the tires this week and see what happens
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thanks, will switch the tires this week and see what happens
Any luck with this?

Just had the truck at the dealer also and they wanted $1300.00 to adjust/replace the steering box. Yes, tires were extremely worn on the sides and were replaced but the steering wheel and play are bad.
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:30 PM
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Any luck with this?

Just had the truck at the dealer also and they wanted $1300.00 to adjust/replace the steering box. Yes, tires were extremely worn on the sides and were replaced but the steering wheel and play are bad.
Yes and no. switched the tires and truck pulls the other way but steering wheel is still out of position.
I also have play in the steering but I thought this to be normal?
when engine is off there is loads of play in th steering before it tightens as the wheel is turned.
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