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steering wheel upside down after dropping frontend off in hole

As the title says guys, I fell into a big hole on the jobsite awhile back, because it was covered in and didn't see it. When we pulled it out my tires were straight but now my steering wheel is upside down.... Track bar, steering box?

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Have you climbed under it and had a good hard look at the tie rod/ends and drag link? You had to have bent something. Does it go down the road straight and normal? Does the wheel pull to either side?


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Still drives kinda wanders now.... I'm at work on the road so I'm not close to truck... But going home here soon and want to fix it.

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Like I said, you had to have bent something. I doubt that you hurt the steering box or the the pitman arm. Will be in the drag link or tie rod/ends IMO. Inspect it carefully and if you don't find something obvious you may have to get it on an aligner and find out where the problem is. I would imagine it knocked your toe in or out severely and now you are fighting misaligned tires with the wheel. Know what I mean?

Are you still on a TTB front end? If so, I would imagine you bent a more pronounced arc into the drag link.


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Still have the ttb, waiting on the right deal for a 60. I appreciate the help, and will post up what I find when I get home here in a couple weeks.

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You bet. Make sure you snap some pics to show us if you need help and don't forget to update your thread so we know how it panned out.

FYI...I wouldn't drive it any more than absolutely necessary cause a) there is a chance that it's not mechanically sound and b) you will be destroying your front tires.

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It's been parked since it happened back in November.... But I need back up and going here soon.... Getting tired of driving my work truck around.. will do on the pics

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I dont know if TTB has leaf springs but I did something similar on my jeep (dropped it into a hole....afterwards the wheels were still straight but steering wheel 180*) and i had jacked the leaf spring just enough.

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To the op there is a simple approach accessing your geometry problem with the front end . start with the steering wheel centered ,this requires same amount of turns left and right ,and wheel centered . next look at the pittman arm ,all pittman arms are in plane fore or aft.In our case the arm points directly forward.
At this position you will either notice a twisted sector shaft in the box ,or a bent tie rod .If the shaft is twisted( pittman arm out of alignment ) the splines will have some spiral too it .

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