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Old 01-10-2017, 10:43 PM   #1
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I have a D21 with manual steering, that is a real grunt to steering. I've had cars and trucks without power steering before but I have never had one that took so much work. It also much easier to the left than right. I replace the tie rods and center link, which seems to to have helped a bit but still not like still feels like steering should be a bit easier. What else should I look into, I find it of that one way is much easier than the other?
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Old 01-11-2017, 05:52 PM   #2
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Does your steering box look like this?



That is a Power Steering gearbox. If you have one of those, someone took your power steering pump off.
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Old 01-11-2017, 06:12 PM   #3
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I have "Armstrong" steering too.. considering I don't have hoses or a pump to go bad... I can deal with it. The only thing I can think of is your box is going south, by chance have you checked the idler arm bushings? grasping at straws, sorry
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check the tire pressure also
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Old 01-26-2017, 06:57 PM   #5
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Well looked over again and adjusted my alignment a bit better. It feel much easier to steer but the steering feel really unstable over 35mph and if I hit a bump.

I feel like over 35 the bad end feels wobbly, so I am guessing maybe alignment there are well. Not sure exactly why hitting a pot hole make the truck squirrelly.
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first thing to pop into my head is bad wheel bearings... raise the front end, grab the tire (top & bottom) and see if there is any play, may look at the ball joints, bushings etc
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If it hops around because of bumps, it is likely that you have bad bushings. Bad bushings may be some or all of these:
Tension rods
Upper control arms
Lower control arms
leaf spring eyes


It could be other things such as ball joints and/or steering linkage as well. But I know that bad leaf spring bushings will make the back end hop sideways on bumps.
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Looks like one of the lower ball joint wasn't full set, pickup steers and handles much better now!
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