steering feels alil lose - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum
User Tag List

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 12 Old 11-21-2012, 08:02 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Enterprise
Posts: 48
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
steering feels alil lose

hello all..
i have owned this 06 f250 for about 2 months now and little things are starting to bother me..big one is the steering..truck drives straight and tire wear seems to be good.. just feels loose like theres to much play in the steering wheel.. i have checked the tie rods and ball joint and they seem fine and tight..so not sure where to go next.. my tires are pretty worn but the wear is good..maybe a new steering stablizer? somone was telling me on my steering box i can tighten the steering wheel play but dont wanna go that far unless i know for sure thats where i need to be
thanks for any replys
Jeremy

hillbilly-f250 is offline  
post #2 of 12 Old 11-21-2012, 08:20 AM
Drivin the 6.mOney pit
 
armyguy209's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: In the sticks
Posts: 1,659
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 3
Thanked 12 Times in 12 Posts
Feedback Score: 6 reviews
I think that is just the way these trucks are. It bothers me in mine too. I replaced all ball joints with dynatrac ones. I put in a redhead upgraded steering box. Put a brand new rize dual steering stabilizer with king shocks.

All to no avail. Still loose steering.

Dan's baby
2006 F250 CCSB Lariat 4x4 with 2007 CR 5.9 Cummins/built Allison swap and other goodies-sold
2015 F350 CCSB 4x4 Lariat Ultimate in Black tuxedo metallic
US ARMY VET
Operation Iraqi Freedom III (1 YR served in the good ol' sandbox)

armyguy209 is offline  
post #3 of 12 Old 11-21-2012, 08:23 AM
Emergency Services
 
kirbybc12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Bergen County, NJ
Posts: 1,008
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 1
Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
That's the way it is on all of them, even my 6.7 feels that way like my 6.0 did. Mine was always loose and felt like it needed an alignment.


Sent from my iPhone using AutoGuide.com Free App


2012 F-350 Lariat FX4 CCSB
2.5" Carli Commuter
Carli High Mount Steering Stabilizer
AFE Cold Air Intake
Truxedo Lo Pro QT
Line-X
Dura-Flap Mud Flaps
Timbren SES
High Idle
35x12.5x20 Toyo AT II Extreme
H&S Mini Maxx, 4" AFE Turbo Back
kirbybc12 is offline  
post #4 of 12 Old 11-21-2012, 08:26 AM
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
 
ZMANN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 14,516
Mentioned: 52 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 554 Post(s)
Thanks: 502
Thanked 696 Times in 663 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
you need to unlock the steering wheel truck not running

and then from the driver side wheel well grab the steering input shaft to the steering geer and rotate back and forth untill you feel resistance ,, see how much it moves
before the sector shaft starts to move ,, a lot of these trucks have excessive slop in the box that can be adjusted

.
.
.
Please donate to DTR Ron's Memorial
https://www.gofundme.com/2464axqr
We Miss you Ronnie
RIP
ZMANN is offline  
post #5 of 12 Old 11-21-2012, 09:56 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
snopro_03's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Malone WI
Posts: 292
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 2
Thanked 6 Times in 5 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I rebuilt my front end almost a year ago, balljoints,tierods,pitman arm, and added dual steering stabilzers, (my balljoints were shot). My steering wheel felt exactly the same loose and all over the road. I turned the adjusting screw on my steering box a total of 3/4's of a turn and the problem was gone. Just make sure your play is in the box not somewhere else if your going to start turning on the screw.

Chad

2003 6leaker
N.E.W 2.5 Truck
snopro_03 is offline  
post #6 of 12 Old 11-21-2012, 10:34 AM
Premium Member

 
twoicebergs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Oakbank, Manitoba
Posts: 3,427
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 36 Post(s)
Thanks: 8
Thanked 125 Times in 117 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
There is an old TSB about this condition. Play in the steering is one issue, but so is the stabilizer. I have found that the steering stabilizers tends to go bad on these trucks. I replaced 2 on my last truck and one on my newer on. They develop a dead section and that can become very noticeable with larger tires, but not all the time. Another problem tends to be the tires. Some tires are worse than others for flexing and react differently depending on tire pressure. Another correlation is oversized and aggressive tread to wandering. These conditions will give you that "where is the truck going now feeling". I had that feeling on my last tire change, so I went out and measured all the tires. As expected, I had to match the fronts and rears for circumference; that, and a new steering stabilizer fixed the problem. A few years back, a friend's truck felt like he was driving on ice, in the summer, after putting on new tires. I can't remember the brand, but it was bad! Those tires only lasted about a month before he swapped them out.

Frank
2007 F-250 Lariat Crew. MBM 190/50s,
KC-68 Stage 3 Turbo,
DashBoss/F/P, and a few other goodies
Stiction Problems - Fix it yourself! - http://www.powerstroke.org/forum/gen...ml#post4509754
Want to modify your injectors DIY - http://www.powerstroke.org/forum/6-0...ger-flows.html

Working for Toys
twoicebergs is online now  
post #7 of 12 Old 11-21-2012, 04:31 PM
Member
 
frdbronco8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 85
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by snopro_03 View Post
I rebuilt my front end almost a year ago, balljoints,tierods,pitman arm, and added dual steering stabilzers, (my balljoints were shot). My steering wheel felt exactly the same loose and all over the road. I turned the adjusting screw on my steering box a total of 3/4's of a turn and the problem was gone. Just make sure your play is in the box not somewhere else if your going to start turning on the screw.
Anyone have a link to this or a picture? Wouldnt mind trying it on mine, feels kinda loose compared to my F-150 I just traded in.
frdbronco8 is offline  
post #8 of 12 Old 11-21-2012, 06:09 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
snopro_03's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Malone WI
Posts: 292
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 2
Thanked 6 Times in 5 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by frdbronco8 View Post
Anyone have a link to this or a picture? Wouldnt mind trying it on mine, feels kinda loose compared to my F-150 I just traded in.
I don't have any pics. If you pull your air intake off and remove the fan shroud that runs down that side you will be able to see an allen screw with a jam nut on the top of the steering box. I would suggest 1/4 turns until you feel the steering is where it should be. Keep in mind only adjust the box if you know the rest of your front end is tight, adjusting the box to much can ruin it.

Chad

2003 6leaker
N.E.W 2.5 Truck
snopro_03 is offline  
post #9 of 12 Old 11-22-2012, 06:02 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Enterprise
Posts: 48
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
well atleast im not goin crazy then...what il do first is new tires and go from there..thanks all
hillbilly-f250 is offline  
post #10 of 12 Old 05-22-2013, 09:31 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 712
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 8
Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by snopro_03 View Post
I don't have any pics. If you pull your air intake off and remove the fan shroud that runs down that side you will be able to see an allen screw with a jam nut on the top of the steering box. I would suggest 1/4 turns until you feel the steering is where it should be. Keep in mind only adjust the box if you know the rest of your front end is tight, adjusting the box to much can ruin it.

Bringing up an old thread, but as OP stated, I have the same issue. Loose steering, everything else seems snug. No wobble, good tire wear.

I tried to adjust that allen screw and couldn't budge it. My box has 2 nuts on that screw, one larger on top then one smaller. Do I loosen both nuts or just that top one (all I did)??

Any Help Appreciated!
TxOutlaw is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome