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Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: CC Indiana
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2001 Steering Issue
This may be a little long, but I hope it makes since...
Truck: 2001 7.3 4x4 - stock - 70,000 Miles
When I bought my truck 10k miles ago it needed new tie rods and ball joints.
I went ahead replaced the tie rods and ball joints because my truck wonders all over the road. Now that I replaced them it still has a slight wonder to it. between about 11:55 and 12:05 position of the wheel it feels like it not turning. You know how you turn a sharp corner and let go of the wheel it turns back and goes basically straight? Well my truck goes back to the 11:55 position and I have to turn it back right to straighten up.
I also noticed that the when sitting on flat pavement its harder to turn right then left. I also noticed when I was intalling my EGT gauge my brake master cylinder (i think some call a booster?) was leaking. I heard this can cause issues.
I crawled under the truck and had someone turn the wheel between the 11:55 and 12:05 position. All the tie rods are tight, I did feel a clunk when I put my hand on the inner tie rod shaft. I looked at the steering gear housing and the pitman arm shaft seem to clunk and almost have play. I went to the top and noticed a jam nut and a allen headed bolt. I thought it was a adjustment so I moved it in 3 turns but it did not make a difference.
So what do ya all think?
im going golfing so lets hope it don't fall off on my way