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Old 07-04-2013, 09:11 AM
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Steering help-Upgrade?

Happy 4th everyone! Yesterday something happened with my steering. During slow speed turns (I notice it mostly in reverse) it's feeling like my power steering is going out and I really have to muscle the steering wheel around. The fluid level doesn't seem to have dropped, but I did notice little "squirt" marks from the PS fluid (ATF) along the way when parallel parking. I couldn't tell if the leak was from the power steering pump or the steering box. What does everyone think?
If I am going to be doing some steering work, I am interested in finding out if there is anything I can do to upgrade the steering system, because the steering on my truck has always been marginal at best. I have a lot of play in the steering wheel when cruising down the highway, and it would be nice if the whole system was tighter. Are there any somewhat affordable upgrades out there? Either stock or a new system recommendations would be great. I don't mind spending a little money if it's going to help. Recommendations with ballpark on parts would be great. I will probably have someone install it as well as I don't have the special tools, and there is nowhere to rent them where I live. Somebody mentioned to me that one of the shops around here has had good luck messing with the ball joints to improve the steering-any merit to that?
Oh, and I have a 2-4" lift on my truck (not exactly sure, it was on it when I bought it), and I'm running 285 75 16 tires, so nothing too huge there.
Anyway, thanks for the help and suggestions, and enjoy the independence of this great country!
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:14 AM
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Bump...anyone?
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I had the same feel as your describing on my 01.

Ended up changing the factory steering pump out & installing a Red Head steering box.

Red Head Steering Gears - Steering Gear | Steering Gear Box

This helped out. Good luck
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:42 AM
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Thank you. Do you happen to remember how much it cost? Easy install? I'm guessing I just need to call them and tell them what application it's for? Did it make a pretty significant difference? Does it still use the factory power steering pump? Sorry for all the questions, I just don't know much about this stuff!
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:07 AM
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Red head is ok they do ship out some boxes that need to go right back

if you go Reman Ford is your best bet according to feedback from members

and My own experience with auto zone and 2 boxes before I went down their rebuilder and got My core back

if I need a gear rebuilt I am having it done locally at benchworks
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:10 AM
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I had the same feel as your describing on my 01.

Ended up changing the factory steering pump out & installing a Red Head steering box.

Red Head Steering Gears - Steering Gear | Steering Gear Box

This helped out. Good luck
I have also heard good reviews about Red head steering gear and need to do the same, I have a reman pump from Napa that works great just need the steering gear now to eliminate the slop.
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:13 AM
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I just got off the phone with Redhead and it's looking like it's in the $350 ballpark for their steering boxes. Sounds like they just re-valve and tighten up the stock OEM boxes. They did ask me if it's a 8 or 9 spline. I got under the truck and tried to count them, which was kind of difficult considering I'm not a contortionist. I think it's a 9 spline for my 2000 F350. Sound right? Build date 01/00

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Old 07-05-2013, 10:35 AM
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Red head is ok they do ship out some boxes that need to go right back

if you go Reman Ford is your best bet according to feedback from members

and My own experience with auto zone and 2 boxes before I went down their rebuilder and got My core back

if I need a gear rebuilt I am having it done locally at benchworks
How can you tell if they rebuilt it properly?
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:00 AM
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you install it have a problem call them they ship you a new one


sounds like fun huh LOL

rare but it's been posted a few times on here


My rebuild would walk the truck in one direction or the other without steering input
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:38 AM
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Yeah, sounds like fun. Especially when sending your core back on top of it all.

Are the Ford Reman ones you mentioned only a Ford dealer thing, or a reman one from any auto parts store? Any difference?

I think it's my pump that's leaking anyway (I don't think the fluid even runs through the gear box, right?), but I figure if I'm replacing the pump I may as well try and tighten up the steering at the same time.
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