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alignment issues?

I have a 2004 f250 stock height and265/75/16 with factory rims. I have recently put new upper and lower ball joints and new wheel bearing/hub assembly. had it realigned after I did the work. now even after all this I need to turn my wheel a little to the left to keep it going straight. if I have the steering wheel straight it goes off to the right, and at times the ride becomes bumpy as if my tires were cupped really bad, but they are not. any help would be great. thanks in advance.

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Anyone ever have similar problem

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I would start by doing your own alignment....these trucks are simple to do.
If it is still an issue, look at adjusting your steering box, and start saving for a replacement box.

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May be a dumb question but what does the steering box do

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I have the same year truck and dealing with a similar problem. The tire shop told me that my Camber is out, that I'll need 2 degree shims on the right side. It started out as a shimmy at 65 mph then notice that the tire was wearing on the inside. Haven't installed the shims yet but hoping to later this month. Hope this helps.
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what are the specs? they should have given you a printout. If camber or caster are out on one side that will cause a pull and will need the correct bushings to get it in spec. The only adjustment from the factory is toe and that will not cause a pull. If camber and caster are good try swapping the front tires I do alignments everyday and 80% of the time it is a tire causing the pull not the alignment.
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What he said.

What if the steering wheel is simply off? My wheel is tilted because I am too lazy to get under there and adjust the drag link to make it straight again.

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I have the same problem but mine is an 07 with out leafs

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They adjusted the toe just a little he said and it actually helped, but they agree with me that what it does now is seem to wander with the road but should stop as tires wear in more. All alignment is in spec. I had a tire out of balance and that jacked up steering

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When you put the upper and lower ball joints in did you install them correctly...There is a specific order to installing them. I had to pull mine out and reinstall them. Make sure you grease and articulate the ball joints before installing them in the knuckle.This corrected my wandering issue. Napa has a great video on installing them.


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