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post #1 of 6 Old 04-13-2014, 08:52 AM Thread Starter
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Wandering F450

I have a 2003 F450 Crew cab Dually with a custom made aluminum flatbed, Stock 19.5 tires and 125,000 miles. I carry a Arctic Fox 990 slide in camper. The problem is I have a wander problem with the truck, not bad but it is continually all over the lane, I had the front end checked, the tie rods the ball joints all tight, new tires. At times it feels like I get sway from side to side. The wander is there with or with out the camper and was there before I changed the tires. , new sway bar links. I thought maybe shocks as they are originals, but not sure what brands would be best. Any ideas would be appreciated George
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Take a look at the track bar!!!
Have someone crank steering wheel back and forth and watch the top bolt especially of trackbar. They usually get sloppy at 50,000 miles sometimes sooner. Look at the ball joint on the axle side too.

What happens is the axle drifts left and right because of the slop and truck will wander all over the place. Your problem is there.......


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The trac bar is different on an 03-04. it consists of a bar with bushings on both ends. No balljoint

Your wander could be a loose steering box if everything else checks out okay. How much side to side play do you have in your steering wheel before the wheels on the ground actually start to turn? Does your truck have a steering damper? If so what is it's condition?

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I just had to replace my drag link. The ball joint that connects to the pitman arm was completely shot, My truck was wandering all over the place.
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That is quite common actually. I see worn upper drag links a lot more than the other steering components

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And if none of those things solve it... Rear leaf spring bushings..

Especially if you have lift springs because the bushings they tend to use suck. My year old superlift rear springs had a scary amount of wiggle in them and I chased a wander for a while.

It'll be less common than other issues but just something else to check if you don't find anything in the front end

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