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Old 03-22-2012, 06:38 AM
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Loose front end

96 f-350 with a wondering front end and several inches of play in the wheel ,what are the most common elements that need to be replaced
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:03 AM
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My 02 seems to have the same problem. Interested to see replies. Mine has bill steins and an adjustable steering stabalizer bar thingy.


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Old 03-22-2012, 08:49 AM
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steering gearbox and/or tie rods most likely gear box
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:55 AM
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Sound like maybe a few things are very worn out. I would jack it up and shake down the front end. Dont sound good.
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Old 03-25-2012, 01:48 PM
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Jack it up and get someone to articulate the steering wheel back and forth while watching underneath the front end.
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:53 PM
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Found out my problem. The bushing behind the drivers side hub went out today. It was all I could do to get it off the road. Luckily I was 1/4 mile from the dealership.


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Old 03-27-2012, 07:39 AM
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As stated above, most common culprit is the gearbox. tie-rod ends, drag link and track bar wear will cause some play, as will bad u-joints in the intermediate shaft. 90% of the time, play can be traced back to the gearbox. When mine takes a dump, I will be getting a redhead.
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