Excursion - King of SUVs2000 - 2005 Ford Excursion
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I did this today and it made a big difference. It took about 3/4 of a full turn. It removed almost all of the play in the steering. Before I could turn the wheel about 30° in either direction before the wheels would respond, but now it is instantaneous.
Thanks to the dbtx for the original post and also to VaSheriff for the picture and Stewart for compiling the thread otherwise I might not have found it at all.
Great post!!! Thanks to the original poster, I see it's helped ALOT of people!!
I had posted my problem on another thread, regarding looseness in the steering AFTER removing my old Silent Armor tires, changing to new LTX-MS2's, having it realigned and the front end checked! And after going back to Ford 3 times, the looseness was definitely in the steering wheel play!
Thank you to the one who started this thread as it not only solved my problem, but probably can still help many others! Had it adjusted 1/2 turn and the truck handles better than new, tracks beautifully with no loose play at all! It still amazes me that the old Goodyears somewhat masked the problem and that the new Michelins magnified it, but whatever, the problem is resolved. Thanks to this Forum and this thread, I saved the cost of a new steering box, THANK YOU ALL AGAIN!
Did this last nite, and I'm wondering if I cranked mine down too much. I don't get any binding on tight turns, but the steering overall is much heavier (not sure if I'd say TOO heavy) and doesn't quite want to return to center going down the road. Pretty sure tightening the locknut cranked it down extra, I actually found the whole procedure a significant PITA. Truck was recently aligned but I'm sure my TRE's are due for replacement too.
OMG! I just did this tweak; saved my butt! I'm so happy with the steering of my Ex. What a difference!!!!! Holy crap!
Mechanics and suspension shops wanted me to spend thousands of dollars on steering dampeners and other stuff.
Instead I spend $5 on a couple of Heineken; my neighbour and I put in 20 minutes of time; and we had another couple of Heineken. Tough night. WAY better than thousands of bucks on "stuff" that I don't need.
I've done a lot of work on a lot of cars and trucks over the years and never have I solved such a significant problem with something so easy as this.
I know this thread is 8 years old but I just bought my 2005 Excursion v10 4v4 a few weeks ago to use as a tow vehicle for a 29' travel trailer we just bought. After a white knuckle 2 1/2 hour tow this past weekend I started searching for what was wrong with the constant wandering and came across this thread.
I spent no money and about 10 minutes to adjust the screw with the allen wrench about 1/2 turn and it actually drives in a straight line now, amazing. My son took it for a ride the other day and could not keep it in a straight line. His constant adjustments were making me motion sick and now he can't believe how much better it is.
The full test will be in a month or so when we take the travel trailer out again.
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