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sticky brakes and loose steering

Anyone have any ideas as to why my truck pulls to the right when i brake hard. During normal braking it stays straight, but as it is about to stop or if i brake hard she pulls to the right everytime... Also is their anyway to tighten up the steering, she got a little bit of play at 82000 miles

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you could have frozen caliper bolt and yes there is away to adjust steering play look on the top of your steering box theres a nut and bolt with allen head that the adjustment bolt A little turn is all that is needed
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gotcha steering was the easiest fix i've done in a while

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Where is the steering box? Also, I had my truck pulling, found out I had frozen caliper pin. Ordered front driver and passenger side calipers with brackets for less than $100.
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ok screw the brake problem i'm not all that concerned with it... I just want my truck back like it was!!!! I'm talking bout the steering.... I know I posted that was the easiest fix I had done, but theirs a problem. I OVER FIXED IT lol.. I did tighten down that allen head bolt on the steering box but I over tightened it... U know where the wheel won't straighten out on its on when u come out of a turn or make a turn onto another road so u have to turn it back manually (very dangerous) so I loosened the allen head bolt about halfway and it didn't get better. So I went back to my shop and loosened it ALL THE WAY. It's a tad bit better but it still has a stiff spot in it when u turn either way.. I almost wrecked because of it last night

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Where is the steering box? Also, I had my truck pulling, found out I had frozen caliper pin. Ordered front driver and passenger side calipers with brackets for less than $100.
Hey.. the gearbox is located near the front bottom driver side of the engine.. The other end of the pitman arm which is conected to the draglink is connected to the gearbox if u look in that area underneath the truck.. The allen head bolt is located on top of the steering box and you can see it if you look down between the battery and fan shroud toward the bottom of the engine on the driver side

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First off before you messed with that steering gear. You should have inspected the tie rods and drag link. A drag link can wear out around 80,000 miles and cause a loose steering problem.

Now you just have to keep messing with the adjustment on the steering gear until you get back to where it works properly. May take some adjustments but be patient and it will be back to normal.

As for the braking problem. It could be a siezed up caliper pin. It is a common problem. Another thing it could be is a brake hose being twisted. Which means you would have to remove the caliper and untwist the brake line so it is not kinked. I would check both sides for the kinked brake line.


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First off before you messed with that steering gear. You should have inspected the tie rods and drag link. A drag link can wear out around 80,000 miles and cause a loose steering problem.

Now you just have to keep messing with the adjustment on the steering gear until you get back to where it works properly. May take some adjustments but be patient and it will be back to normal.

As for the braking problem. It could be a siezed up caliper pin. It is a common problem. Another thing it could be is a brake hose being twisted. Which means you would have to remove the caliper and untwist the brake line so it is not kinked. I would check both sides for the kinked brake line.
ok well like I said the adjustment screw is backed all the way out right now and it still has a very stiff spot when you turn to either side and the wheel still won't go back to straight on it's own it still hangs. So wouldn't tightening it back down make it worse?? and I did check ball joint tie rod ends draglink pitman arm.. all seem to be fine with no wobble or play when my buddy wiggled the wheel out and back....

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