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Old 08-16-2010, 08:05 AM
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Stearing problem

Just got my truck back friday from after them having it for a month. I dropped it bc i was hard to turn, especialy backing up trailers, it took two hands sometimes. I explained this to the service dept who i have used with no problems for the past 3 yrs. I was told that my track bar and tie rods needed to be replaced, He recomended getting an adjustable track bar bc of the lift. Okay no problem, tarck bar took 3weeks bc of back order. The dealer subed out the alignement to anoher shop who was unable to do bc of the wheels, i take it to another shop to get it done and then drive back home 220 miles and notice im still fighing te stearing wheel and the truck is floating pretty good within the lane and its still hard to turn.

Any buddy had this problem? i had the stearing gear box replaced about 1.5 yrs back. I would of assumed that ford would of check powerstearing. THe stearing feels real tight and and when you turn the wheel stays put, will not slide back to the straight postion.

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Old 08-16-2010, 08:10 AM
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i had the stearing gear box replaced about 1.5 yrs back. I would of assumed that ford would of check powerstearing. THe stearing feels real tight and and when you turn the wheel stays put, will not slide back to the straight postion.
Any ideas?
These were the same symptoms our company truck had a month ago. Took it to ford, they replaced the steering box. Truck is good now.

Our truck is a 2wd 6.0, so it may be a different issue with yours. I'm just stating that, "that is what ours did, and ford replaced the steering box".

I hope everything works out.
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Old 08-16-2010, 08:20 AM
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I sure hope its not the stearing gear box, because if thats the case then ford repalced a bunch of parts that didn't need to be replaced. That ticket cost me about as much as a stearing gear box would of.
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Old 08-16-2010, 04:09 PM
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Definitely sounds like your box buddy. That's extremely dangerous for you to be driving that truck around with the steering box ready to lock up at any moment. Not to mention changing the pwr steering pump on a 6.4 doesn't look very easy. If you want to troubleshoot it yourself knock the steering linkage off the pittmon arm and try to turn your box by hand. make sure you turn the key to the on position so that the steering wheel isn't locked. You should be able to turn the box by hand. Also you could fire the truck up and try to turn the wheel with the linkage off. It should move super easy because it's not even turning anything. If the box is locking up I would park the truck until getting another box, because that box could lock tight at any moment and send you careening off the road!
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Old 08-17-2010, 05:26 AM
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could it be the power steering pump? When i first dropped the truck off the tech said it was the steering gear box, i have had that repalced before. After they looked closer that wasnt the issue.

If it is the gear box, is there an aftermarket one thats stronger and will last longer? replaced the first one about 50k miles and 1.5 years ago.

Thanks
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Old 08-17-2010, 03:28 PM
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I'm not sure as far as the aftermarket option. But if you do the procedure I explained to you and it moved completely free it could be the pwr steering pump. From what you're telling me I'd say box.
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Old 08-19-2010, 06:22 AM
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JJstile thanks, you where right it is the steering geear box. Fabtech told me these gear boxs have been a weak link on these trucks
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Old 08-19-2010, 06:31 AM
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psc steering is the best out there rite now, billet box an pump.. my psc hydro set up turns 53s with no problem.. mt rim an tire combo is 550lbs each an the truck is 10000lbs.. steers like a dream
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:13 AM
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Just talked to the guys from PSC and tribe 4X4, sounds like they can get the job done. Cant wait to see how this set up works
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JJstile thanks, you where right it is the steering geear box. Fabtech told me these gear boxs have been a weak link on these trucks
No problem buddy I've seen quite a few wrecked trucks we bought with lifts and big tires and a steering box that's locked up IE that caused the crash. Also had one on my dodge go bad hehe.
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