I just bought my first diesel truck back in November 2011. It is a late 99 F 250. I love this truck. It is in really good shape body wise with no rust on it. But I have had to put alot of money into it. I put new Hpop line on and had the front u joints replace. I have also had the power steering lines replace (all 5 of them). I also just replaced my water pump. So after all that the truck seems to be running really well.
My questions are.
1) My steering wheel is really loose and I have traced it back to the steering gear. I have asked around and alot of people said that this is the norm and that it isn't really that bad. Or they have told me that a new one isn't going to fix the problem because they all have the same issue. My question is...is there an after market steering gear that will hold up that I can replace it with or how do I fix this issues with what I already have?
2) My truck is a F 250 Super Duty FX4 Offroad. What is the difference between my truck and a standard Super Duty?
I was told that replacing the steering gear box was not going to total fix the problem. That the issue was a design flaw in the box and that all trucks of this time frame had this problem from day one. Is this true?
I just wanted to know what the difference was between a standard Super Duty and an FX4 because my leaf springs are broken and I want to make sure that I get the right set. I have found all kinds from 3300 lbs to 6000 lb ones.