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Old 09-27-2013, 06:52 AM Rookie

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Steering wheel play

I have a 97 f250 and it has a lot of play in the steering. Any ideas what this could be? Steering box maybe?
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:20 AM
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Worn out parts like bushings and etc should be checked, could be the steering box. This is more or less a diagnosis in person you need to do. Get under your truck and get someone to turn the steering wheel back and forth in the area of no resistance (play area), while they are doing this you need to be looking at everything. Drag link, pitman arm, tie rod ends and look for play. If you see no play, then you should look into the steering box
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Old 09-28-2013, 08:21 AM
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Have you tried adjusting the box? There is a hex head and a lock nut on top of the box, loosen the lock nut, run the hex in, then back it out about 1/2 a turn, then lock it down. Take it for a ride, it may need a second adjustment.

Everytime I have done this, hot rods, 4x4s, daily drivers, whatever, it makes a positive improvement to the steering quality. HOWEVER, this will not fix worn knuckles and ball joints. But it is a good first step in trouble shooting.
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