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Old 05-08-2013, 04:48 PM
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i have a 2006 F 250 and was recently in an accident where a young girl ran a stop sign and drove into my passenger side front wheel. She pushed my front end 5 inches to the driver side. Everything on the front end has been replaced, wheel bearings, ball jts, tie rods, track bar, track bar bracket , steering box, the arms that connect the frame to the housing. All the work was done at a ford garage and I'm still having steeing issues. It's been alligned 3x in the last 400 mi. {thats how many i'v put on it since i got it back} ford says its fine. ins says if ford says its fine then they wont do anything. I took it to a different front end shop and they have improved the floating dramatically by re-adjusting everything. but its still not quite righht. i have noticed when the truck is off and the steering wheel is unlocked i have about 2 inches of play in the steering wheel. i had my wife turn the wheels while i watched the steering box and the the shaft going into the box is moving but not on the outer side. Ive had the ford shop check the new box and they say its fine, but there was no play before the accident. I dont trust them anymore. does anyone know if this is normal or does anyone know if i can adjust this.
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:30 PM
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Just because the box is new doesn't mean it was adjusted properly.

Remove the driver side intercooler tube, put an Allen wrench on the jam nut on the top of the steering box, loosen lock nut, turn Allen wrench until it makes contact, but don't apply torque, hold the Allen wrench and tighten jam nut.

This should remove the play in the steering wheel.
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:07 AM
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your steering box is trashed. get a redhead gear, it will fix the issue.

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Old 05-10-2013, 12:42 PM
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your steering box is trashed. get a redhead gear, it will fix the issue.

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Being that the steering box was listed in the replacement parts, and that the insurance company won't replace what Ford says is good, I'd try adjusting it first.

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Old 05-13-2013, 08:03 PM
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Being that the steering box was listed in the replacement parts, and that the insurance company won't replace what Ford says is good, I'd try adjusting it first.

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if it wasn't adjusted properly when it was remanufactured, it isn't worth wasting time with because it likely wasn't properly remanufactured. I recently installed a red head steering gear in my ex. the difference was like night and day. it drives like a brand new truck now.

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I would totally try to adjust and I would do it from the drivers side wheel well
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