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Old 09-23-2009, 09:29 AM
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HI . We are looking for some help. We have a 2000 F350 and the steering is awful on it. You have to physically steer the thing all the time. When you turn left or right, you have to physically turn the steering wheel back to center as it seems to stick whichever direction you are going and it wanders all over. We have had this truck since it was new. Has 260,000 miles on it. After the first 3 years the thing started being the biggest piece of crap ever! Anybody have any ideas what could be wrong? What are the symptoms of a bad steering box? Any help is greatly appeciated!!!
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Old 09-29-2009, 04:26 AM
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Take the steering linkage loose from the steering arms(one side at a time) and with the wheel off the ground grab the tire and try to turn/pivot it and see if it moves smoothly, if it does then go to the other side and repeat the process, if both sides are smooth then look at the steering gear.
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Old 09-29-2009, 04:30 AM
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Check your axel ujoints up there. Mine was going bad and done about the same thing.
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Old 09-29-2009, 04:38 AM
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huh just had this on my 00 f250 did ball joints cause they were shot still steered like crap just put new steer gear in her saturday and man like driving her off the lot the day i got her. shes got 270k on her and this has been the only thing besides a set of injectors (didnt need them just got a hell of a deal on them) great truck and ive pulled the snot out of it.
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Old 09-29-2009, 04:47 AM
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Thanks alot guys!!!! We'll check it out!!!!!!!
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where do I order the steering gear for this? mine is doing the same things and its got new ball joints and wheel bearings,
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Old 09-29-2009, 09:22 AM
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Sometimes new ball joints can be a little tight/stiff til they seat a little, drive it 1,000 to 1,500 miles before you condemn the steering gear. Just a thought
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you can get them from advance auto for around 160 bucks reman. new ones are pricey and all the remans have liftime warrenty. took me all of 45 minutes to change mine out.
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