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Old 09-18-2012, 04:21 AM
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Steering kickback/off center left/off center right

Hey guys,

94 f250Hd 7.3***

Shes rebuilt and on the road now I have a steering issue.

It's of center to the left now, I had an alignment on a trip out of state and they didn't center the wheel. So I know that needs done. But...

On highway... At 11 o'clock, it's straight. Then if I make a right turn and bring the steering wheel back to "center" it adjusts itself and center is now 12 o'clock. So I then fight it back (easily not a ton of resistance) to 11 I clock position and it's almost like it aligns itself and while driving, the truck steering seems to slide back to the 11 oclock position being center again. So now I'm driving straight an then it pulls to the right side (very quickly) and I have to fight it to the left for 100 yards. After a short time there no fight again. And we are back to easy driving.

This happens everytime after I'm going straight for a long period and then have to make a turn. Where do I even start? Can't find anyone with this issue?

Am I describing this right? I already know I need a ball joint in drivers side. And alignment but don't want to pay for alignment only to have to fix something and get it realigned.

Feels like something is loose and truck just slides to the right, I fight it back to slide left and we are straight again. Please help! Thanks in advance, nobody has ever let me done here.




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Old 09-18-2012, 04:42 AM
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Stock lift stock tires???
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:33 AM
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Stock; Dana 50; 265/75/16


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Old 09-18-2012, 07:36 AM
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Prolly an alignment. Often times the little shops (or even major shops) cant align these trucks good. Take it to an offroad shop to have it aligned.
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:52 AM
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Okay thanks! Here I am thinking something is broke and about to go buy new steering box and bushings. Guess we will see what they say first.


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Old 09-18-2012, 08:25 AM
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My truck does the same exact thing, but I have 6"/35s and I know for a fact the place I got an alignment @ (goodyear) didn't know wtf they r doing. But I also have a worn tie rod end (pass side)
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:27 AM
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***UPDATE***

I scheduled an appointment for alignment in Saturday for my steering/wandering all over the road/sliding left and right problem.

I wanted to make sure I didn't need to replace the ball joints before I took in for alignment.

Last night I jacked up truck on driver side. To see if I could get play up and down to see if ball joints were the issue. I have massive/loose play up and down with no effort. Ball joints right? HOWEVER, while doing this and looking behind the tire at knuckle and ball joints there is no movement!!!!

Seems movement is the wheel/rotor/hub!! I'm positive. 2 questions:

1. Wouldn't I be able to see movement behind the tire on knuckle an ball joints if the were bad? I see no bad seals and theses things feel tight as heck.

2. I took out the hub during rebuild and did not torque the spindle nuts and don't think I possibly put the bearing back in to proper torque specs. Could this be the issue? Seems to be right now. Any advice?


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