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Old 11-23-2011, 04:45 PM Fanatic

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Steering box loose front end

2004 Excursion 6.0L

Replaced steering box (not redhead) last summer. This summer it started to feel loose again and I tightened it which helped a lot. Not it feels loose again.

How do I diagnose the front end suspension to see if anything else is wrong?

How do I tell how much to tighten the box? What happens if I tighten it too much? Front end seems to vibrate above 60. I think it is the steering box. What else should I check?

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Old 11-25-2011, 04:24 PM

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when you say tighten the steering box do u mean the 3 bolts to the frame rail or the top bolt that adjusts the worm gear and sector shaft...and one of the easy ways to check steering is leave the truck off just click the key forward to unlock the steering wheel having someone shake the steering wheel back and forth a few inches while u look under the front to see if everything is moving together or is there play in a tie rod end or something
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Old 12-05-2011, 07:34 AM
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Also check the nut holding the pitman arm to your steering box, sometimes those tend to back off some and mimic a bad steering box. May have to clean the threads good and loctite it on. Lol.
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