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Old 10-20-2012, 05:55 PM
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Steering wander/slides left and right

94 7.3L dana 50

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

Truck steering off center then at highway speeds center at 11'oclock shifts to 1'oclock. After I fight it back it immediately slides back over to 11'oclock as center on the steering wheel.


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!!!! They look tight.

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?

Which hub or bearing am I replacing.



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Old 11-19-2012, 06:55 PM
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Dude that is Super important that you torque that spindle nut properly cause if you dont put proper pre load on your bearing, it will not seat right in the hub. then if your nut is to loose it could all come apart... I wouldnt even drive the truck until you fix that... thats some bad news especially since you say your ball joints are tight... I would take a good look at that and make sure you didnt screw up anything more than a bearing...
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:26 AM
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At the very least I'd repack the bearings and tighten the spindle nut to spec. You may have no damage done to anything.
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:59 AM
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Thanks Guys. Update*** repacked bearings and spindle nut retightened. The spindle washer wasn't lined up with the hole on the spindle nut. Everything seemed fine. No sliding. Still very loose and needing alignment. Thanks for help!


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Old 11-29-2012, 04:45 AM
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Check pittman arm nut at the steering box too. A loose nut will casue a lot of slop and non-centered steering wheel while driving.
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