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post #1 of 12 Old 01-18-2009, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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Power steering pump?

Im getting a vibration through the steering wheel when i turn and a very noticeable "squeak" from the front end. Power Steering Pump gone?

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i would at least check to make sure you have fluid, which you probably already did. do you have any play in your steering. it could be that the adjustment screw on your steering gear box is too tight or too loose. if it is too loose you'll get that sound and your steering will be very loose. if it's too tight, you'll get that sound and your gear box will wear out very quickly. it has to be just right, but def not too tight. that fixed my issue by just tightening it correctly. good luck

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i would at least check to make sure you have fluid, which you probably already did. do you have any play in your steering. it could be that the adjustment screw on your steering gear box is too tight or too loose. if it is too loose you'll get that sound and your steering will be very loose. if it's too tight, you'll get that sound and your gear box will wear out very quickly. it has to be just right, but def not too tight. that fixed my issue by just tightening it correctly. good luck
ya i already checked the fluid level. My steering wheel does have some play in it though. But its had play in it for a good while now. I thouhgt it was just due to having almost 200 thousand miles on it. This vibration and front end noise just started yesterday

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wheres this adjustment you talk about?
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i would at least check to make sure you have fluid, which you probably already did. do you have any play in your steering. it could be that the adjustment screw on your steering gear box is too tight or too loose. if it is too loose you'll get that sound and your steering will be very loose. if it's too tight, you'll get that sound and your gear box will wear out very quickly. it has to be just right, but def not too tight. that fixed my issue by just tightening it correctly. good luck
anyone have a picture of where this screw is on the steering box, or what it looks like, i'm about to go out and look for it on my truck, i dont have vibration but i do have the whine or high pitched noise when i turn the wheel..just bought 2002 f350 lariat with 170,000 miles on it....just getting broken in!!
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i just tightened mine up this past weekend. if you look straight down underneath the driver side intercooler coupler, you will see a rectangular box and it is a 5/8 size nut with a allen head on top of the stud.

this did not help with play in my steering wheel, but it tightened up the steering...if that makes sense.

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thanks bud! i will try it in the morning
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your welcome, just be sure to hold the allen wrench when tightening the nut or the allen head stud will spin as well when tightening making the steering even tighter.

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like i mentioned, this does not remove the play only tightens up the steering.

now i am sick and tired of the play. does anyone know what is common to go bad when there is a lot of play in the steering wheel? i have had someone wiggle the steering wheel while i was under the truck and i do not see anything "wrong". i guess ill start with the steering box?

driving down the freeway with a 27ft enclosed trailer in the rain is not very fun to do, haha. very nerve racking.

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pitman arm

This sounds like the pitman arm and the steering linkages if its wandering while driving down the road.

Doesn't explain the squek though. Just a thought.
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