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post #1 of 11 Old 07-15-2010, 08:10 AM Thread Starter
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Steering linkage issues

This has been going on since I bought the truck, not sure why. When you turn the wheel, the steering linkage pivots back and forth. You can hear it clunk inside the cab when it does it. I have made sure everything is greased up, all good there. None of the joints have excessive play in them. I was hoping it would go away when I pulled the add-a-leafs out, no such luck. Drag link and track bar are parallel as best I can tell. Its not a major problem, just annoying. Any ideas?

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my truck just developed the same problem any ideas what it is??

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Sure sounds like a tie rod end ready to break. Any vibrations while going down the road? Possibly ball joints. Check left axle housing right behind inside u-bolt for any cracks. Also check center bushing for wear. Possible loose wheel bearings or bad u-joints in the axle shafts.
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i have a slight vibration at my feet, its been vibrating for about a week now not crazy bad but i have unbalanced 35s so, but i jacked the truck up n no play at the TRES or the ball joints, i can just grab the steering links an roll em up n down with my hands, i greesed everything up still does it.

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my truck just developed the same problem any ideas what it is??
It got a little better when I removed the add-a-leaf, but never completely went away. I had all new steering linkage for the truck I was going to install but it got totaled in April so... problem solved for me lol.

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ive checked over everything under the truck, all the TRES seem tight no play but i can roll them up in down no problem an i think thats the clunking noise so would that mean there worn out or????

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ive checked over everything under the truck, all the TRES seem tight no play but i can roll them up in down no problem an i think thats the clunking noise so would that mean there worn out or????
Not worn out, but worn. That was the exact issue I had on my 96. If I pumped them full of grease it got better for a little while but never for very long. I had several shops look at it and more than one told me its a common problem on these trucks, especially when they've been lifted or leveled.

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Ok so I should just replace the TRE's n steering linkages?

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I wouldn't worry about it too much, but to each his own.

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ya id like to replace it all, just having to hear the clunking is annoying. But i just priced out a whole new steering set up an i didnt realize it was gonna be that much to replace everything wow. Its about the same price for me to do a Rod End style steering i have that style done on my offroad truck, with rod ends on each end they are quarenteed not to wear out an become sloppy like a tie rod.

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