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post #1 of 21 Old 01-30-2014, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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Cannot get rid of loose steering or hwy wander.

Last year the bolt in the drag link snapped at the pitman arm. So like any logical person, I replaced everything from the steering box to the hubs. I replaced the steering box with a redhead and then moog steering components. I was hoping this would also fix the excessive play and wandering (at hwy speeds.) I then had it aligned and it did not resolved the play or wandering. So I replaced the ball joints...still a no go.

I've searched numerous forums, but everything suggests the items I've already done.

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Have you checked the track bar? that's often the cause.

Could also be the leaf spring bushings, especially the rear.

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Could be as simple as Toe-Out (as opposed to what you should have, Toe-In)....
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could also be your tires.
my duratracs wander a lot compared to my old toyos

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Have you checked the track bar? that's often the cause.

Could also be the leaf spring bushings, especially the rear.
Yep. Most of the time its the track bar. MOOG problem solver if your not lifted. If you are then get an adjustable. Few vendors on here carry some nice ones for very reasonable price.

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track bar bushings wear out,check them. you can throw some poly bushings in or go adjustable.
im on the fence. I have the entire energy suspension bushing kit and it came with track bar bushings. ive given some thought to using the bushing and getting a new drop bracket first. the one supplied with the lift is garbage.

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it could be unevenly worn tires. maybe a defective steering box?

is the suspension all stock?

does it have the stock bumper on the front? i used to have a superduty that wandered and pulled. i figured out that the front bumper bracket was supposed to bolt in with the front spring hangers and the bolts on the front of the hangers were missing. i'm not sure if the guys that installed the winch bumper just didn't put them in or if they used low grade bolts that sheared off when flexing the truck out. installing the bolts fixed everything.

best thing to do is get under the front of the truck and have someone turn the steering wheel back and forth 1/10th of a turn each way with the steering unlocked. sometimes it can take a few minutes to find the spot where the steering play is happening.
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it could be unevenly worn tires. maybe a defective steering box?

is the suspension all stock?

does it have the stock bumper on the front? i used to have a superduty that wandered and pulled. i figured out that the front bumper bracket was supposed to bolt in with the front spring hangers and the bolts on the front of the hangers were missing. i'm not sure if the guys that installed the winch bumper just didn't put them in or if they used low grade bolts that sheared off when flexing the truck out. installing the bolts fixed everything.

best thing to do is get under the front of the truck and have someone turn the steering wheel back and forth 1/10th of a turn each way with the steering unlocked. sometimes it can take a few minutes to find the spot where the steering play is happening.
That end bit is good advice. I would add:
If you don't see any obvious play in the steering, support the frame and unload the suspension to check for side to side play of the axle. Which would indicate worn track bar or leaf spring bushings.

Loose tierods, drag link, or anything else may be harder to catch with the suspension hanging so do what Steve says first, then if you find nothing jack it up and support the frame.

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Yep. Most of the time its the track bar. MOOG problem solver if your not lifted. If you are then get an adjustable. Few vendors on here carry some nice ones for very reasonable price.
I replaced all the steering components from the box down. I forgot to mention I had the tires replaced when I had the alignment done. I also forgot to mention I installed dual steering stabilizers a year ago.

Thanks for the replies. I've got underneath but no luck on locating the play
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Have you driven other leaf sprung SuperDuty trucks? I'm wondering if your expectations may just be to high for one of these things.

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