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Steering wheel play

hey guys, just recently purchased an 01 excursion 7.3 turbo diesel (and I love it). The only thing that appears to be problematic so far is there is quite a bit of play in the steering wheel and it varies from side to side , just feels like its not grabbing for the first couple inches of turning then it starts to steer.

Any ideas/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. thanks!

http://www.autozone.com/autozone/par.../N-jfaozZ8oxw7

wild guess, but is this my fix?
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Likely just the pitman arm, have someone crawl under there while you steer back and forth and see if there is some play there or anywhere else. If it does turn out to be a box issue, I would rather send out my ford unit to get rebuilt VS an aftermarket offering. Thats what I did when I first got my truck as it was leaking.

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Check all the tie rod ends, track bar , and ball joints first. Then if all of those check out its the steering box. If you do need a steering box I recommend red head.


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Greatly appreciated guys. Anyone else care to chime in
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As for the rebuild vs aftermarket.... there's a core charge for the one I looked at so I presume they are just factory rebuilds?
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As for the rebuild vs aftermarket.... there's a core charge for the one I looked at so I presume they are just factory rebuilds?
Yes they are just remaned ford units. most of which are remaned by A1 Cardon since the own majority of the reman auto parts world. The only way you can get away from them is to find someone local to you that can properly rebuild it or send it off to Redhead to be upgraded.

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Is there a way to adjust it somehow ? Trying to avoid replacing the box if unnecessary
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You can adjust it but it only helps a little while. On top of your box there is a nut with a bolt running threw it that has a place to put an Allen wrench. Loosen the nut and tighten the bolt 1/4 turn then tighten the nut. Then take it for a spin.


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You can adjust it but it only helps a little while. On top of your box there is a nut with a bolt running threw it that has a place to put an Allen wrench. Loosen the nut and tighten the bolt 1/4 turn then tighten the nut. Then take it for a spin.
I agree it only helps for a little while. From my numerous experiences its just a short term fix on a box thats already heading south. All you're doing is remeshing some wore out parts.

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ok so odds are its the box? I did some more investigating today.... any thoughts on the damper behind the pitman arm ? could that be shot?
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