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HELP! I can't keep it in a straight line!
Hi everyone, I am long-time lurker, newbie to posting though. I have a 2000 F350 TD CC, and I've been having this steering problem for a while but gradually it's gotten worse. Basically what happens is when I am driving, if I make a sharp turn all of a sudden my steering will get stuck in that direction and if I go to correct it, it jerks to the opposite direction causing me to zig-zag (like a drunk driver), it will do this for a little while then all of a sudden it will go away and then the problem might not show up for weeks again. What's really concerning me now is that it is now turning into a violent jerk from left to right and vice versa so much I am afraid I am going to cause an accident. I took my truck to Big-O, and the guy didn't know what the problem was and basically told me my tie rod needs replaced (have some play in the steering wheel) and his guess for the violent steering problem was the steering box but was not confident. I read somewhere online that this is a common issue and that the ball joints need to be replaced but I want to make sure of this before I go in for work done on it. Also, I was wondering if anyone might be able to help me out with a guess on how much the following work will cost with parts and labor?
1) Total ball joint replacement
2) Full brake job (rotors, pads, calipers in front)
3) Tie Rod
I'm still new to my truck, I just barely bought it last year so I apologize if my questions are a little naive. Anyway, thank you for the help!