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Just nocited today that my 1990 F250 has about a 2 inch play in the steering wheel. What can cause that? Front end or Steering joints?? Seems to have happen out of no where, was fine few days ago. And since i'm talking about steering, my steering column has been loose for a while now, what can that be?
There are a ton of joints in these things, here's how the go from the steering box up:
1. rag joint - there is a rubber coupler there, oil eats this with time.
2. slip joint - this is where the two halves of the intermediate steering shaft meet, lower half fits inside the upper and there are two flat springs between them that are supposed to keep things tight, those springs wear with use and sometimes even fall out.
3. external U-joint - this is where the upper half of the intermediate shaft connects to the steering column shaft, even tho the joint is pretty large it still wears with use.
4. internal U-joint - this is for the tilt column, it's inside the column a few inches below the steering wheel.
Try to identify where the play is coming from, then we can suggest repair solutions. Don't forget the steering box itself can have lots of play in it, and this is actually very typical for trucks with high miles on them.
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