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Old 08-05-2013, 08:23 PM
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Hub stuck in locked cause wandering?

Trying to work out the steering problems on my 2004 F350.

Ball Joints are good. Yet it wanders, your turn left and need to counter turn with a right to straighten out. I'm thinking U-joints maybe? (whats a good way to check).
I have a hub stuck in locked on the passenger side. All components look tight no play in then (drag link, tie rod, trac bar, pitman arm).
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As far as the hub goes, remove it, clean, lube, and re-install. Make sure to put some grease on the axle stub shaft too. You don't need to gobb it on, but put some on.

I seriously doubt that your steering issues are due to the hubs sticking. I can't tell you how many miles that I have put on my truck before I remember that I manually locked the hubs the last time I was out wheeling. Jack one wheel (turned left lock for the left side and right lock for the right) and rotate the tire looking at the axle steering u-joints. You'll probably need to lock the hub to get it to turn. That would be my first move to check the u-joints.

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Years ago my dad's 1991 F250 started this god awful wobble that felt like a really out of balance tire. When we inspected the front end for obvious issues, we noticed that the left hub was locked and the right wasn't. Guess what? When we unlocked the hub, the problem went away, when we locked both hubs, the problem went away.

Get that hub unstuck, rebuilt, repaired or replaced and see if the problem still exists, then troubleshoot from there.
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Yeah, I suppose if one is locked and one isn't there would be an issue. I was assuming both were locked. That's probably because I wouldn't knowingly drive my truck with just one locked.
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Years ago my dad's 1991 F250 started this god awful wobble that felt like a really out of balance tire. When we inspected the front end for obvious issues, we noticed that the left hub was locked and the right wasn't. Guess what? When we unlocked the hub, the problem went away, when we locked both hubs, the problem went away.

Get that hub unstuck, rebuilt, repaired or replaced and see if the problem still exists, then troubleshoot from there.
Nope both hubs are locked, I have a vac leak in the locked hub(Passenger side). It happened 200kms after I pulled axles and replaced the driver side vac seal.

Anyways U-joints or Steering Box I'm thinking? Truck has 338,000kms. It's been lifted on 37s from 200,000
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u can bypass the vac pulse lock by switching from lock to manual 2 times or more
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