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Old 05-18-2011, 06:18 PM
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Loose Steering in my F350.

I have a 99 F350 with the 7.3 diesel. The truck has 245k on it. The problem I have is there is play in the steering wheel. I have to turn the wheel about an eighth of a turn in either direction to get the wheels to respond. So in other words I can turn the steering wheel from about 10 o'clock to 2 o'clock without the front wheels responding.

Can you guys please point me in the right direction as to what I should start looking at first? I will go tug on any parts of the steering shaft I can reach and see if theres any play, but I'm wondering if theres any adjustments I can make. I appreciate any help.
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You can try tightening the steering box. I haven't done it myself, but there is an hex key bolt on it. Don't make it too tight.
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There's a lot of possibilities with that kind of mileage on the truck. Have someone rock the steering wheel back and forth while you watch for play in front end components under the truck.
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Ok so I tried tightening the steering box one quarter turn, and that helped a little bit. I will try a little more tmrw. Kinda ran out of daylight today.
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I have a 99 F350 with the 7.3 diesel. The truck has 245k on it. The problem I have is there is play in the steering wheel. I have to turn the wheel about an eighth of a turn in either direction to get the wheels to respond. So in other words I can turn the steering wheel from about 10 o'clock to 2 o'clock without the front wheels responding.

Can you guys please point me in the right direction as to what I should start looking at first? I will go tug on any parts of the steering shaft I can reach and see if theres any play, but I'm wondering if theres any adjustments I can make. I appreciate any help.

Go to this link.

http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/10...-problems.html

This will cover most of what your describing. This one really helped me after I bought mine. Keep us up to date on what you find.
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Also check the BIG nut on the pit-man arm, really helps to get it on jack stands, wheels off the ground, KOEO and have someone rock the steering wheel in the dead space. Position yourself so you can see the shaft going into the steering gear and the pit-man arm in your peripheral, if the shaft movement does not match the pit-man arm movement then you'll need to start with tightening the worm gear mesh, follow the posted instruction and don't go too tight or you will bind the gears and not be able to steer! If that checks ok, look at the pit-man arm and make sure the movement between the arm and the shaft it is on matches, if not, you will need to get the right size socket and re-torque, I do it from the drivers side wheel well with the tire off. Next thing to check would be drag link, tie rod ends, etc. Basically you are having someone move the steering wheel in the dead space while tracing the input from the steering wheel all the way to the wheels. You'll find it this way.
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Also check the BIG nut on the pit-man arm, really helps to get it on jack stands, wheels off the ground, KOEO and have someone rock the steering wheel in the dead space. Position yourself so you can see the shaft going into the steering gear and the pit-man arm in your peripheral, if the shaft movement does not match the pit-man arm movement then you'll need to start with tightening the worm gear mesh, follow the posted instruction and don't go too tight or you will bind the gears and not be able to steer! If that checks ok, look at the pit-man arm and make sure the movement between the arm and the shaft it is on matches, if not, you will need to get the right size socket and re-torque, I do it from the drivers side wheel well with the tire off. Next thing to check would be drag link, tie rod ends, etc. Basically you are having someone move the steering wheel in the dead space while tracing the input from the steering wheel all the way to the wheels. You'll find it this way.
Thank You!! I just replaced my tie rod ends and connector link (or whatever its called) and there was a little play.....checked that pitman arm nut and BAM all better!!
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