Steering issues - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum
User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 Old 06-17-2013, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
Powerstroke.org Rookie
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 19
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Steering issues

I replaced my steering box and well the pitman arm was a PITA obviously but my problem is with the ball stud that goes into the pitman arm spins when I try to tighten it. I've tried putting pressure on it and nothing just free spins. Am I able to just replace that stud on the drag link or do I have to replace the entire thing? It's a 96 eclb with ttb.

I have to say everything on this truck fights me. The front end was lifted up when my steering gear decided to blow up and jack the wheels to the side, which in turn broke my clockspring in my steering wheel. Nothing ever goes smooth.
Impulse138 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 Old 06-18-2013, 03:59 PM
Powerstroke.org Fanatic
 
Micko's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: NH
Posts: 101
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Thanks: 1
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
See picture, is this what you are talking about? If so, I have replaced just the ball joint end that attaches to the pitman arm. I agree that working on the older trucks is a bit more challenging!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	20130618_184141.jpg
Views:	58
Size:	87.9 KB
ID:	127114  
Micko is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 06-18-2013, 06:19 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
dazed01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: central texas
Posts: 437
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
If the nut is on right, try using a pneumatic impact to get the nut on. Just push down on the ball joint and to the side a bit and hit it with the impact. Don't use the impact to tighten it all the way, just snug it and use a torque wrench to get it to the torque spec. I haven't had any that I couldn't get done that way unless the threads are messed up on the ball joint.

Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it tougher for sober people to own cars.
dazed01 is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 06-18-2013, 08:51 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 3,698
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15 Post(s)
Thanks: 4
Thanked 114 Times in 110 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
If you're not fortunate enough to have air, just use a pair of pliers to hold the protruding threaded end of the stud as you turn the nut with a ratcheting box wrench (gearwrench). It'll eventually seat the ball joint into the arm tight enough that it won't rotate. It may gall the threads a little, but they'll clean up the next time you have to remove the nut.
madpogue is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 06-18-2013, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
Powerstroke.org Rookie
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 19
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by Micko View Post
See picture, is this what you are talking about? If so, I have replaced just the ball joint end that attaches to the pitman arm. I agree that working on the older trucks is a bit more challenging!
That is what I'm talking about but mine doesn't have the adjusting sleeve it's all a solid bar over to the passenger wheel then has the adjuster.

I will try to get a impact in there and try holding the top of it. I just don't want to mess the threads up and not be able to replace it.

Also I have what I'm assuming is a air pocket because I had power steering then all of a sudden it stopped giving me power. I've seen how to bleed it with hydro boost but what about my conventional system. What would be the best way.
Impulse138 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome