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post #1 of 10 Old 12-03-2010, 07:58 AM Thread Starter
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Had an accident need advice

Long story short i went through a puddle at about 10 miles an hour. I saw a thin layer of ice on top of it didnt realize that this thin layer of ice was a huge blocks of ice. the ice shelf broke under the weight of the Ex and the steering wheel ripped violently out of my hand and it pulled hte truck at almost a 90 degree angle out of the pit. After i got out i need to keep the steering wheel turned left to go straight.

Afterwards i took it to a shop with a very knowledgeable superduty tech. We spent about 2hrs looking through the front of the truck. We checked everything from the ball joints to the steering joints and linkage. We didnt find anything bent or broken but after the tech measured the axle it had shifted over to the passenger side about 1 inch. He thinks that the impact might have extended the track bar but right now its inconclusive.

Any ideas on what it could be?
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sounds to me like you just need to loosen the adjuster on the track bar turn the rotator and put the wheel back to center , have had the wheel turn 45- 90 degrees off before when climbing before and putting a hard turn to the wheels and this cured the problem for me. might wanna check into an alignment when fixed as well

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sounds to me like you just need to loosen the adjuster on the track bar turn the rotator and put the wheel back to center , have had the wheel turn 45- 90 degrees off before when climbing before and putting a hard turn to the wheels and this cured the problem for me. might wanna check into an alignment when fixed as well
Would that have moved the front diff and stuff over to the passenger side by an inch??
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sorry , didnt read where the entire diff had shifted. Seems like everything connects thru the leafsprings to the body. Try getting the pavement wet and pulling straight thru it and see if the rear tires follow the same path as the steers. would think something broke loose to give that much extra to one side or tweaked the front of the frame

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sorry , didnt read where the entire diff had shifted. Seems like everything connects thru the leafsprings to the body. Try getting the pavement wet and pulling straight thru it and see if the rear tires follow the same path as the steers. would think something broke loose to give that much extra to one side or tweaked the front of the frame
what should i pull straight through? Are these frames easy to tweak?
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what should i pull straight through? Are these frames easy to tweak?
Drove the ex through wet pavement and the rear follows the front. What does this tell me?
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sounds like its tracking right then , meaning the frames not out in the front. Is it driving right ? Any problems other than the steering wheel being 90 degrees out ? If so loosen the adjuster on the track bar, put a piece of tape on the steering wheel where center should be and turn the wheel back to center with the adjuster on the track bar. Get a 4 wheel alignment (front and rear) , if somethings far out of whack it will show in the alignment. I think you just tweaked where center on the wheel is and just need to adjust it back and watch your tires for uneven wear or go get an alignment and still keep an eye on the tires wear to make sure something else is not off.

I have done the same type of thing before when 4x4 climbing and got the tires a little off centered and gassed it to just have the wheel ripped loose from my hands. When done the steering is 45 degrees off or so and just adjusting it back to center has corrected the problem with no negative wear later. I always rotated tires at 7500 miles and a front end alignment every 25k or so as well though. Never measured where the front end was sitting , would seem you would have to tweak the spring eye's or the frame somehow to get the diff to move

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sounds like its tracking right then , meaning the frames not out in the front. Is it driving right ? Any problems other than the steering wheel being 90 degrees out ? If so loosen the adjuster on the track bar, put a piece of tape on the steering wheel where center should be and turn the wheel back to center with the adjuster on the track bar. Get a 4 wheel alignment (front and rear) , if somethings far out of whack it will show in the alignment. I think you just tweaked where center on the wheel is and just need to adjust it back and watch your tires for uneven wear or go get an alignment and still keep an eye on the tires wear to make sure something else is not off.

I have done the same type of thing before when 4x4 climbing and got the tires a little off centered and gassed it to just have the wheel ripped loose from my hands. When done the steering is 45 degrees off or so and just adjusting it back to center has corrected the problem with no negative wear later. I always rotated tires at 7500 miles and a front end alignment every 25k or so as well though. Never measured where the front end was sitting , would seem you would have to tweak the spring eye's or the frame somehow to get the diff to move

Thanks for the advice man i really appreciate it! I just got an alignment yesterday and the tech was stumped. The alignment was all in spec just the steering wheel off center. Still doesnt explain the diff shifted over to the passenger side though. Very odd!
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totally agree , seems strange to me as well. Maybe the guys measurement was off an inch and the diff is really where it should be and all you did was knock the steering wheel off center. Ford Tough right !!!

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totally agree , seems strange to me as well. Maybe the guys measurement was off an inch and the diff is really where it should be and all you did was knock the steering wheel off center. Ford Tough right !!!
Drove the truck about 100 miles today and from what i can tell it pulls to the right a tad bit, steering doesnt have an 'on center' feel while turning it constantly feels like its trying to correct itself, and over certain bumps at speed steering wheel shakes pretty hard. I can tell that things have been moved over because the rubber bushings have been pushed over and they have exposed basically clean metal. What ever it is i hope to god its not expensive.
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