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Old 11-15-2011, 08:25 AM
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severely limited turning radius

I recently had a blow out and my truck skidded the wall at about 70. Luckily my front and rear ranch hands took most of the damage. However my turning radius is very strange. It is limited by about 50 percent but the side that is effected seems to alternate. One minute I can't turn right then I can turn right fine but then I can't turn left.

none of the steering linkages are bent. Any ideas?
1999 350 4X4 6SPD
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Old 11-15-2011, 08:43 AM
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Have you checked your PS fluid level? Maybe your steering gear box?

May be jack up the front, have someone run the steering wheel back and forth while you check everything out??

Just offering some suggestions I would try. Good luck....
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Old 11-16-2011, 03:31 AM
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I would say that kinda force most like destroyed a gear in ps box causing to skip a tooth or bind up(no turning)
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Old 12-06-2011, 01:45 PM
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This doesn't really coincide with running into the wall but I had a similar problem when my front knuckle u-joint finally locked up.
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Old 12-06-2011, 07:12 PM
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Put the front end on stands and check all linkage for binding or something bent. Spin your axle u joints by hand to check they are free. Then work the wheel back and forth if nothing seems out of line in the linkage its prolly the steering box.
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:18 PM
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It has been a while since I posted this problem, but I still thought it might help somebody to know what solved my problem if this thread is ever run across again. As some one else mentioned it was indeed a broken tooth inside of the gear box. There were no visible problems so the only way to diagnose reliably was to pull the box.
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:36 PM
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I had the same problem mine was from my steering stabilizer and bracket where both bent.
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