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Old 11-14-2010, 04:44 AM
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2001 F250 7.3 Steering Problem!!!! (Help!!)

Ok guys here's the problem,

Since I purchased the truck I've been trying to get the steering right. Former Marine I'm a little OCD and I believe it should drive better than it does......

Problem:

The truck is tracking back and forth in my lane..... Things I have done to fix it...... New upper and lower ball joints, front rotors, calipers, brake lines, 4 new rancho shocks, front stabilizer shock, sway bar links, sway bar bushings, new tires and wheels, aligment, and the last thing that I thought was sure fire to work!!!!!! Red Head Steering Box still wandering!!!

Could the mech. would put on the steering box not bled the lines properly? The brakes fell a little different as well... And when cold it is a little tuff to turn in the morning then gets better when warm.... It did take normal power steering fluid right?........ Really like everyones in put before it drives me crazy!!!!!

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Old 11-14-2010, 12:29 PM
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How are the u-joints in the fron axle, or the wheel bearings?
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Old 11-14-2010, 12:33 PM
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Mechanic said they were tight guess ill get a second opinion! !
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wheel/tire combo could be causing tracking issues. having to much BS followed by certain tires could cause this.
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Old 11-15-2010, 12:31 PM
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Looks like the powersteering pump is bad..... in the shop now will let you all know if it fixes it.... Steering wheel wouldn't turn sitting still with brake on... and going down the road if you turn it left or right it wouldnt go back to center at all!! I'll let you all know thanks
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Old 11-18-2010, 08:04 PM
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You have to use ATF not power steering fluid.
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:45 PM
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Smile 2002 F250 steering wandering

I have had steering wandering issues and my 2002 F250 4x4 crew cab since I bought it a year ago as you have to constantly correct the steering.
My unit is all stock except for the super chip programmer I use for towing and it has 150,000 miles on it.
I thought that maybe it was the tires so I replaced them but the problem remained plus I replaced the stabilizer shock but same results.
Everything is tight and aligned.
I also tried the Lucas rack and pinion lube to see if that would help and I got minimal results.
I read somewhere in the forum that it was suggested the fix was to adjust the steering box 1/4turn CW which sits right on top and is easy to get too.
The procedure was to remove the lock nut slightly, use a Allen wrench and
turn it 1/4 turn CW and re tighten the lock nut and see how it feels.
Note: Put the wrench on it first, then put the Allen wrench in and monitor its position as it may turn on it own when you turn the wrench, just keep track of where it was when you started.

I did that 4 times at 1/4 CW at a time and now it feels great!

Whoever gave that advice was right on target and I thank You!

UPDATE: Now I have added a new Rancho stabilizer shock (not the OEM equal but the bigger version) and that really helped, I tried a new OEM version but it didn't do anything, Note: you need to buy THEIR bracket as the OEM bracket needs to be moved about 3inches toward the center to fit the new BIGGER shock, they want $60 for that bracket though You can make the OEM bracket work but it takes a lot of work to fit.


Last edited by monkeldad; 11-12-2011 at 04:35 PM. Reason: update
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:48 PM
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Put a set of steering stabilizers on it. Pro comp, rancho, skyjacker. Single is fine but the dual setups look really good. This corrected my death wobble on the 2006 and makes it a heck of a lot easier to turn in tight areas. A good kit is only around $100 and it takes about an hour to install yourself.
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I need to try this too, Thanx for info!
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