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Old 09-16-2021, 03:36 PM   #1
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Default Just more or steering sloppy as hell?

Iím twisting the steering shaft with my hand: https://share.icloud.com/photos/0eyW...G_-XaQ#Seattle


When I drive down the freeway Iím doing zigzags in the lane unless I white knuckle grip the wheel. Seriously annoying. Been driving like this for a year, even after all new steering linkage and power steering flush. Iíve heard the steering boxes are bulletproof essentially, and Iíve done a 1/16 turn on the little square knob on mine as Iíve read. Nothing improves it. At what point do I know itís the steering box? Pitman arm is Original.
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Old 09-16-2021, 04:59 PM   #2
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How's your ball joints?
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How's your ball joints?

I'm not hearing any squeaks or grinds on straightaway or turns. Boots are in good shape and recently greased. I put them on brand new about a year ago. I'm unsure of their quality or if there's like a known "high-quality" upper and lower joint I should be using.
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Check the rubber bushing that is in the steering shaft. If worn it allows alot of play.
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Check your ball joints. Mine made no noises but the truck wandered I side the lanes when they were worn.



Rubber steering shaft bushing is a good one to check too like 91 said.
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are you used to driving a car or this thing? mine feels the same way lol. it’s cause there’s so many moving parts, at least that’s my thoughts. i never really drove trucks besides my dads 02 ff350 diesel and that wanders too but not as bad as MY truck. he’s also original owner and it only has 115k on it and he takes meticulous care of his vehicles. my truck has been neglected and i replaced everything besides the steering box.
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Mine does the exact same thing with all new steering components. I just figure it's a worn out gearbox. Let us know what you find.
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You should have the steering gear checked for excessive play.

The internal worm gear will start to wear away and cause a lot of looseness that you are describing. Basically, the gaps between the worm gear and the steering become larger as it wears away causing the excessive lash in the steering. The steering gear multiplies the steering input that you create when turning the steering wheel so that you don’t have to work as hard when making turns. The steering gear is directly proportional to the steering linkage.

I replaced my steering gear earlier this year and went with a fully rebuilt unit from Rock Auto. I chose the LARES unit and sent mine to them as a core exchange. I marked my steering wheel column at the joints and with the wheels in the straight ahead position, I removed my unit. I later installed the “new” unit and couldn’t be happier! I also changed out the “rag joint”(round buffer disk) while I was in there due to 2 of the bolt holes being torn through(steering column damper).
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Good suggestions guys I really appreciate it. Been driving 2 years like this and have changed out tie rods and such with no improvement. I agree cranking the torsion bars and increasing the tie rod angle probably doesn’t help. So I’ll say hell with it and get a new steering box like porkNbeans. However, first I’ll do the coupler bushing, then the ball joints, then the gearbox and let you know the improvement with each. Want to put this one to bed.
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Check your ball joints. Mine made no noises but the truck wandered I side the lanes when they were worn.



Rubber steering shaft bushing is a good one to check too like 91 said.
You happen to have a part no?
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