2001 4x4 Dually
Ive had trouble with my steering for some time now & living in the UK I rely on this forum for advice as knowbody over here knows much about these trucks.
Ive had trouble with the 4x4 set up too. I thought the steering issue may have been linked to the problem with the 4x4, but I'm not sure.
I've had lots of bad luck recently with my truck. The trans died so that cost me £3600 for a rebuild. Then the stearing started getting very weird. I had a tight spot when I turned a corner & the play I always had was worse. It also made a clunk now & then & the truck would sudenly shift slightly to the opposite direction I was turning.
I tightened the play in the steering box with the nut on the top & had my wheel alinment checked. I also fitted a new joint. The one that bolts to the pitman arm. The truck drove a lot better for a while but then started something new which was real bad...
It started wondering around on the road, left to right. It was just like the front wheels were falling off.
It was impossible to drive in a straight line. I just about got home. I checked all the joints for play & I could'nt see a problem anywhere so I put it down to the steering box. I bought a new one from Bob Utter in Texas.
I fitted the new steering box & the truck drove awesome. I drove a few hundred miles then noticed my drivers side front wheel bearing had a lot of play. I ordered 2 front wheel bearings & 2 free wheeling hubs £1200 inc import tax etc. I fitted the free wheeling hubs & the drivers side bearing. I didnt have time to do both as I had to deliver a boat to France.
I drove to France covering a couple of thousand kilometeres or so. All was good until I noticed a slight tight spot again!!! Then just 12 kilometers from the ferry to the UK the truck was all over the road! I let my hands of the wheel slightly & watched the steering wheel turn left to right very quickly on its own. I stopped in a garage. I put fuel in the truck while all the mechanics of the front end went through my mind. I felt sick as I've really had enough of this now. I got back in the truck & made my way to the ferry. It drove fine. I got off the ferry in the UK & drove the 2 hours home with no problems at all.
I've looked at everything today as my girlfriend shook the steering. I can't see anything wrong anywhere. No play in any joints!!
Im wondering if it could be related to the problems I have with the 4x4. If I select 4x4 & drive the tuck it just bangs like mad. I fitted new ball joints a few months ago & one of grease nipples is now missing. It looks like the drive shaft/universal joint has smashed it off. I notice the front shafts move around a lot. Im sure they shouldn't.
I bought new free wheeling hubs because the drivers side would not release 4x4 most of the time. Its just the same even with the new hubs. To release 4x4 I have to get under the truck & move the shaft by hand to make it release.
THis has all cost me so much money in parts & even more in lost work. I'm completly lost as to what the problem is. I have to go to switzerland next week so I really need to sort this or I just as well give up & get down on my knees naked on my driveway barking at passers by like a wild dog while rubbing poo in my hair..
Iv'e just been under the truck again. I've greased all the grease nipples & grabed everything I can think of. Nothing looks wrong. The only thing I havent done which I'm going to do when it stops raining is spray the stearing coupling/uj if there is one.
Ive read lots of threads that sujest this is a common problem, but knowbody really seems to of overcome this. I see some of you call it "Death Wobble" but whats the solution??
Please help me I'm going nuts here