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post #11 of 16 Old 01-04-2019, 07:58 PM
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Check the telescoping part of the steering shaft to see if it slides easily, the steering box shaft needs to move in and out slightly as you turn it, that is the valving working. Also sitting in the truck with engine off, turn the steering slightly and let go, it should spring back to center from both ways evenly.

If everything checks out, then the box is bad.

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I've concluded that the box is toast. The steering shaft,steering wheel, leaking oil. I've got a rebuilt one ordered. Will install as soon as the weather breaks. Thanks again all, I love this site and the help it gives!
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Sorry about the delay getting back. Got the new steering box in and could't be any happier! That was my issue. Thanks to all.
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I put a RedHead on my '06 - very happy with it

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A question about steering effort to turn the wheels: about how much effort to turn while sitting still? Can you "turn with the palm" or does it require more effort? Can you turn all the way to the steering lock?
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A question about steering effort to turn the wheels: about how much effort to turn while sitting still? Can you "turn with the palm" or does it require more effort? Can you turn all the way to the steering lock?
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Well, I have some impacting factors which make it "not-so-effortless"

I have 305 tires, that's a lot of rubber on the ground. Additionally I have a weakening/leaking power steering pump. My tires also rub a tad, so I don't often turn lock-to-lock.

However, I can turn the wheel sitting still without too much effort, but is something I traditionally avoid. I try to always be rolling, even if just a little so that the wear and tear on the steering components is less. The force to spin that rubber with all the weight resting on them isn't necessarily a gentle force, and is greatly reduced when the tires are rolling. In my mind, that means less wear on the moving components between the my hands and the asphalt.

It's a simple practice I've developed over the years, including others, that hopefully extends the life of the replaceables.....

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