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Old 01-14-2014, 07:16 PM
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Front end shake/steering wheel play/ Death wobble

I have a 2010 f 350 with about 85k. I've replaced all tie rod ends, drag link, tried a aftermarket track bar (hated it), stock track bar back on, new track bar bushing, new track bar ball joint, new tires, full alignment (multiple checks). Had a rancho dual shock stabilizer kit and blew out both shocks after a year. It worked great till they blew out.

The truck has had a few months here and there where it worked great after each repair. It is a full time daily driver and part time work truck. I usually only use this truck to pull my dump trailer which weighs up to about 8k.

It seems as if my wheel has about 2-3 inches of play before the wheels react. If I'm going about 35 and hit a bump I shake for about 5 seconds (a slight death wobble). I'm thinking the steering box needs adjusting???

The tie rods all feel tight to me. I have a 250 with zero issues to compare to.

My mechanic told my not to use a new dual shock stabilizer because it covers real issues.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! If I cant resolve this I'm going to trade it in! Thank you in advance.
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Did you ever find out anything on this. I also have too put play in the steering wheel and everything seems to be solid, how ever i'm going to replace my ball joints anyways. Also, it sounds like you replaced the bushing in the factory track bar. if this is correct how easy/hard was it. Did you have to remove it completely or only the top mount? I found this morning that the bushing is shot and needs replaced. Not really in my budget to replaced with an aftermarket adjustable bar since I'm moving to a new state in a few weeks. only trying to replace the bushing.
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Folks seem to be replacing the drag link and sometimes the steering box. Haven't heard of anyone replacing ball joints for the wobble problem. If you need them you need them but seems unlikely its your problem. BTW ... 4x4 ... lift ... stock suspension ?
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I'm doing the ball joints cause Im getting a popping sound and a non solid front end. Have about 98k so they prob need to be done. Going to attempt to just do the bushing rather than replace the whole bar. The bushing is definently shot. I can see it moving and here it clanking when jiggling the wheel back and forth. Hopefully nothing else goes wrong in the process. '08 f250 fx4 6.4. 3in level in the front with 2 inch in the back. 35's on 18's. Spartan 300 tune
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