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Old 08-15-2012, 11:29 PM
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Need help with steering issue

Ok I'm very new at steering and suspension stuff so please bear with me. I just put new tires on my 05 F-350 CC 4x4, stock size BF Goodrich All Terrain T/A's. It seems like sometimes and only sometimes when I turn the steering doesn't want to return to center. It does it to both the right and left. Any ideas? Pls remember if you say check the muffler bearing I don't know how. Thanks. Coach
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:06 AM
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Well i recently have been experiencing a similar issue with my 09. and i also experience death wobble, if you have never heard of it look it up....its exciting! Anyway my steering wheel doesnt return to center on the left side only.

Supposedly it is fixed, i am going to pick it up today or tomorrow. They replaced the track bar and ball joints. Not really a for sure answer for you, but the steering wheel thing is close to my experiences, only cant verify now that its fixed until i drive it.
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:27 PM
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Thanks for the reply, let me know how it goes for you. Coach
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in a case where the non return issues exist on both sides periodically, i would look real close at ball joints, steering stabilizer, stteering box adjustments and even road surface.

if it is a slight issue with non return , bad ball joints can tend to STICK if you will and can cause a similar issue. i would have someone reputable look at the steering box. and take a hard look at the stabilizer, you should be able to drive with out the stabilizer with no harm, if you cant , you have some deeper issues to tackle. it the problem solves itself with the removal of the stabilizer, it is relatively cheap to replace.

as far as any deathwobble issues, start looking at worn track bar busings, or even swapping to a beefier adjustable one.
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:19 PM
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I should say this all started when I put new tires on, didn't happen at all with the old tires. There are not any front end shops in my area, I'll just have to check the stabilizer and if that's not it deal with it until I can get to civilization. Thanks.
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:57 AM
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Just went thru thiis w/ mine. Shop said I needed a new gearbox! After a few hours of crawling around and yanking or turning everything I could find I noticed that my Dual stabilizer bracket was wedged down against my drag link. Apparently my suspension cycled enough to allow the Track bar to hit the stabilzer bracket. Loosened the u-bolts, repositioned the bracket and now I don't have to spend $700 on a gearbox. Now I just need to figure out why my suspension is squatting enough to allow the track bar to hit the bracket.
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Old 08-22-2012, 04:45 PM
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My issue has been resolved with New ball joints and track bar. I think the steering shock also helped, but the above things finally got me lined out. Thanks Warranty!
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