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Old 06-12-2012, 08:07 PM
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Stiff steering

I've got an issue with my steering. When I am at a dead stop or just sitting their not rolling I literally can almost not turn my tires. I already know its because of my tires are so big and wide that theirs to much traction to over come with the stock PS system. I have had someone told me that I should look into hydraulic assist. Anyone got any recoomendations or advice how to fix this problem. Only time it sucks is when I am in a tight parking lot really but would rather fix it so I dont have to worry about it. Any help is appreciated!!!!
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Old 06-18-2012, 07:46 PM
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I had the same problem with my 03. I had 37" Hankook mt's. My truck would actually turn easily one direction and wouldn't turn the other. I ended up replaceing the steering box and it fixed it. Buy one with a lifetime warranty. I bought one from schucks and it went bad a year later, same problem.
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:21 PM
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also would a bad steering box make you have alot of play in your steering wheel? Like probably almost half of wheel is all play and I just had it re adjusted like a month ago. What brand would you recommend?
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also would a bad steering box make you have alot of play in your steering wheel? Like probably almost half of wheel is all play and I just had it re adjusted like a month ago. What brand would you recommend?


Call PSC and get the Hydro Assist it costs about $600 and all the steering troubles go away. I can turn my truck lock to lock with one finger and before i had the same issuses that you had. You can get a cheaper system for less money but PSC will rebuild your box when you send it to them for porting.

It was some of the best money i have ever spent!
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Old 06-19-2012, 03:50 AM
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Hard Steering

I bought a 2000 cclb drw 4X4 7.3L with stock size tires in 2005. It was almost impossible to turn in tight places. I took it to several shops to get it fixed. I spent hundreds of dollars and never did get it fixed. One shop said he had other customers who had the same problem. I read somewhere that Auto trans fluid would help so I tried that. It helped a little about half as hard to turn. IMHO? It was bad the 7 years I owned it until I traded it for my new truck in April.
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:32 PM
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ive got the same problem with mine. was told it might be a ps pump?
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:38 PM
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Well I threw out the idea of my box going bad because their was no play between my steering wheel and my tires turning. Went ahead and replaced the pump because it was cheaper then the box and easier to get too in my opinion. So installed the new pump and I got no issue now!! steering isnt an issue now at all. My old pump had some excessive play in the shaft as in up and down not in and out. Never broke it apart because returned it for a core charge. but got no issues not so I recoomend that to anyone
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Old 07-15-2012, 03:14 AM
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Changed my pumptwice and the stabilizer and as i said above had the stiff steering until I traded her in April.
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:07 AM
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I cant turn mine sitting still ever since I installed my lift with a drop pitman arm. I'm still running the factory size tire.
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Support the front axle on jack stands and see if there is any bindings unweighted. Go from there.
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