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Yeah, that's what has me wondering. I don't understand why only one side suffers unusually high slop while the other is pretty much normal (as close to normal as I can remember it). Also, the sudden issue is also unusual.
The only things I did yesterday before that was romp through a slick spot of mud at low speed in 4H and after that it was functioning fine. I also towed a trailer after that. It was acting normal and I went into the store to get something and when I came out it was suddenly acting funny. And I mean immediately... it was fine before the store and I rolled out of the parking lot and made a left turn and there it was out of nowhere. The truck was fine with decent reaction to highway lane changes, but if I changed lanes too quickly, the slop would come back and I'd have all that free play to deal with. So, I decided I could make it back to the house (2 hours away on straight highway).
Another unusual [possibly related] incident happened when I was limping it back to the house (still pulling an unloaded trailer and on the highway). I had to go around some wet grass and up a muddy hill (while towing a trailer) and rolled it slowly up the hill in 4H and parked it on the hill (no choice). When I came back out, the dash was showing the "Slippery when wet" symbol on the dash and I thought nothing of it as I climbed the rest of the hill. Well, it wouldn't allow me to turn the traction control back on (usually it doesn't in 4WD) and it sounded like the truck was working really hard (like there was no turbo and the radiator fans were on high). Not a problem, I'll move it through 4H->4L->N->2wd and get over this hill and it'll be fine. Nope. It still wouldn't let me turn traction control on and the truck was still breathing heavy even on level ground. So, I pulled over and turned the truck off. Then, the tried to restart and the truck wouldn't start. Check engine light came on and I got a comm bus error. Cleared it and it started up and ran fine, the TCS turned on, and the truck sounded normal.
Don't know what that was all about.
Anyways, getting back to the steering, I looked down there today for the Allen+lock nut, but didn't see it and it was getting dark so I decided not to fool with it tonight. I'll have to take the Cobra to work tomorrow probably... that's a dang shame :-)
Maybe this is all related or maybe it's just a pile of coincidences. I'm thinking one of the batteries is low on power so that may clear up some of the issues. I know vehicles do funny things when the batteries are dying.
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Last edited by Doss; 01-20-2013 at 10:15 PM.