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Old 03-25-2008, 04:00 PM
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Angry ...Play and looseness in steering????

I've got about 3in. of looseness and play in my steering wheel???? 2000, 250 has 215,000 miles on it so I'm sure this has a lot to do with it. Should I start with steering box and go down the lin to the steering arms or should I check the steering wheel shaft for wear???? If yes.... how in the hell do I do that???? HELP, IT'S DRIVING ME CRAZY!!!

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Old 03-25-2008, 04:26 PM
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i am in the same boat. i'm outta ideas too
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Old 03-25-2008, 04:34 PM
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the stering box has an adjustment screw my mechanic adjusted foer me not shore how its done
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Old 03-25-2008, 06:32 PM
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mine was doing that took it in they said upper and lower ball joints.it was expensive thats all i remember
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I'm also hearing a lot of shaking and rattleing when I go over a bump or bumps. I know the 3/4 tons are rough riding and all, but there sure seems to be alot of noise (rattleing) coming from under the front end. I just want to tighten things up, if possible, and try and get back what's been shook loose in the past 200k miles.
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Old 03-25-2008, 07:45 PM
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mine was doing that took it in they said upper and lower ball joints.it was expensive thats all i remember
did they replace your ball joints????
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Old 03-25-2008, 09:08 PM
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to check the steering box have a friend move the steering wheel very slowly until the freeplay is taken up back and forth while you are looking at the pitman arm and if it doesn't move then the steering box is loose, to adjust this you have to remove the air filter driverside battery and tray and intercooler to intake pipe, now on the top of the steering box there is an adjusting screw and lock nut it requires an allen wrench and if i remember right a 5/8 (16mm) wrench, back off the lock nut 1/2-1 turn then slowly turn the adjusting screw in till you feel it bottom, don't force it once it bottoms hold it there and lock the locknut, although it sounds complicated it shouldn't take more than 30-45 minutes i had to do this on my 04 f-350 at 80,000kilometers P.S. make sure your wheels are straight ahead when you do this

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awsome... I think I'll check it out for sure. thanx
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Did you put on an aftermarket drop pitman arm. If so you may need to tighten the nut up on the steering box. mine was loose and I had to torque it to 350 ft lbs.
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i did the adjustment in my steering box but you should be able to see it on top of the steering box on your truck without removing anything. right off to the side of the battery box and intercooler pipe. it is easy to see with light. allen wrench and wrench is what you will need.
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