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Old 11-26-2007, 02:07 PM
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STEERING PLAY

I hope im not repeating a question but i have looked and cannot find the answer. So here it is- 02 4wd 7.3 on 37 inch tires with a 6inch lift, had a bad ball joint off the pitman arm-easy enough to replace, after replacing still have play in steering, today I checked all the steering linkages and arms and I found play from pitman arm to steering gear. Is some play normal? Is it common for the pitman arm splines to wear out? The reason i think the splines are worn is because I found the nut on the pitman arm loose when i replaced the tierod end. Thanks for the help in advance.

Ron Pope
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Old 11-26-2007, 02:20 PM
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Their is play when the truck is stopped or you feel it when your driving?
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Old 11-26-2007, 02:36 PM
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Both-I removed the trailing arm from the piitman arm and i can feel play at the pitman arm. Its a very small amount there but by the time it gets all the way to the ground it feels like a ton of play.
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Old 11-26-2007, 02:39 PM
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do you feel it would be more of a worn trailing arm issue or a steering box issue.... those end joints wear pretty fast once you lift your truck and add larger tires....
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Old 11-26-2007, 02:46 PM
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I disconnected the trailing arm from the pitman arm and i can jerk on the pitman arm and feel the play so im pretty sure it is coming from the pitman arm or steering box.
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