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post #1 of 7 Old 10-06-2011, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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O5' with a steering issue

Whether the truck is on (power steering) or off, there is a pretty good amount of wiggle room for the steering wheel that is definetly beyond the normal parameters.... if I go over bumps or am on the highway I need to constantly be alert or I might wind up feet away from where I was steering for.... any ideas? I can only imagine this is going to set me back thousands...

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sounds like its time for a new steering box

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Could also be the pitman arm may be worn out. I need one on my 00 Excursion now. I have play in my steering wheel.
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can send your box to "redhead" up in seattle for about same price as new they can rebuild yours with better parts. They claim they can make them better then factory new. google them

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I have the same problem with mine..google "steering wander". I replaced my steering box with a redhead but it did not solve my problem, which takes that out of the equation.

I also have a loud pop noise coming from somewhere up front. It only does it when I turn sharp or back up off of a curb, etc. I have taken it to two different lift shops and they havent been able to figure out the problem.

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Before throwing parts at it, check all the rod ends that make up the steering and suspension. Have someone sit in the driver's seat and with the steering unloacked but engine not running have them turn the wheel back and forth while you inspect all the moving parts. Drag link ends, tie rod ends, pitman arm, tracbar ends, tracbar bracket, ball joints, wheel bearings, control arm bushings, etc. If everything is tight, then look at the steering box.

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when was the last time you had an alignment? does the truck pull to either side when you take your hands of the wheel? definately check the bushings and whatnot like betaracer posted.
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