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Old 03-29-2012, 02:04 PM
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Front End Question

I have been noticing in the past week or two that my front end has been acting weird. When coming out of a tight corner at an intersection, sometimes it seems that the truck steering doesn't want to straighten out. THen this morning, I noticed that it would decide to pull to the right, then if I move a tad bit over to catch the cross slope of the other lane, it would start to pull to the left.

I just jacked up the front end and pushed on the tires back and forth - truck not running. The entire steering linkage moved together about a quarter to half inch and then would stop. It seemed the week point was what I am guessing is the steering box. Should I be able to "twist" the wheels and make the steering linkage move when both wheels are off the ground. Is my steering box shot? Or can I adjust it a bit?

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Old 04-08-2012, 07:42 PM
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The steering boxes arent the greatest design in these trucks. They take a lot of abuse with the weight of the PSD. My truck was getting very loose so I did tighten the steering box a little bit which helped in the slack. But make sure your truck will straighten out on its own. You can over tighten very easily. Make sure you have plenty of grease in your ball joints and all steering parts. Just my 2 cents. Good luck.
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Old 04-08-2012, 07:48 PM
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Check the u-joints in the front axles. Had one seize up in one direction and had it do that. Would pull one way, would steer against it, then it felt it cammed over and pulled the other direction.
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