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post #1 of 15 Old 05-17-2013, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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I think i have a Steering issue

anyone else notice a gradual worsening of your steering..... sometimes i get a little road bump/shake/ vibration all the way to the steering wheel...and just overall steering seems kind of floaty like im turning a cloud....reaction time from left to right seems off as well..... its been gradual i thing so i didn't really notice... if im on it and switching lanes it feels like steering a boat at 10 mph...........anyone?


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Mine too fills like im steering on a cloud, seems a bit too smooth for my taste after coming from a hatchback saturn. I also have a bit a pull to the right, more than it should be, but havent taken it to get adjusted.

im sure someone could chime in on more input on this matter.

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I had severe shaking in my steering wheel as a result of death wobble. Ended up needing a lot of front end work. Replaced the steering box, track bar, draglink, steering stabilizer and adjusters at about 30,000 miles. Just did the end links at my last service, a few days ago. Now, I have my tight steering back!

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Mine is pretty bad as well. I had my checked out while doing an oil change. My right Tie-rod need replaced. I also have a 4.5" Icon lift and the old style track bar. I just bought the upgraded Heim joint to replace the old style bushing.
Ive also been reading about the guy on here the flipped his trackbar around the other way and said it made a big difference.
In the meantime keep saving for hydrosteer!
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Before my warranty ended in January, I brought mine in for the same thing. They replaced my track bar and said that the steering gearbox had like 2" of play that was within Fords range before war rented a replacement. I even called Upper Ford management asking to have this replaced and they basically said its within tolerance. I'll save my money and have this repaired or replaced assuring no Ford parts are used.Bastards.......


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steering gear will be on the list for me to do as well.
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anyone else notice a gradual worsening of your steering..... sometimes i get a little road bump/shake/ vibration all the way to the steering wheel...and just overall steering seems kind of floaty like im turning a cloud....reaction time from left to right seems off as well..... its been gradual i thing so i didn't really notice... if im on it and switching lanes it feels like steering a boat at 10 mph...........anyone?
List of things to check or replace.

1 Steering dampener
2 Check tie rod ends for play even a little will cause issues.
3 Check Unibearings for play, again even a little will cause issues
4 Check for play in the Ball Joints
5 Steering box.. if you have to replace I recommend Red Head from Wa. They rebuild a great box for the 250-350.
6 Track Bar ends one is a rubber joint the other a Ball joint.
7 Alignment if it is out it will also cause the symptions your are discribing.

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My truck drives 100 times better. Wont be doing anything else for a while. I had my ball joints replaced under warranty about 25k miles ago. i thought the right tie rod was going out turns out both tie rods were tight. So after i replaced the bushing that ICON initially put on there adj. track bars with the new Heim joint. Bam...fixed. This is the best its driven since ive owned it
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Im in the same boat, Bringing it in for alignment and hoping that will correct it we shall see (fingers crossed)
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The bushing in the trackbar on the driver side where it attached to the frame will wreak havoc on your steering with the slightest bit of play. Mine was ever so slightly loose and I was afraid my truck was going to go into death wobble with the slightest pothole. Replaced the bushing and it was like a new truck.


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