Go Back   Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums > Super Duty/Heavy Duty > Super Duty & Heavy Duty
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?


Super Duty & Heavy Duty 1999 to current Ford F250, F350, F450 and F550 Super Duty with diesel V8 and gas V8 and V10 engines SPONSORED BY:

Welcome to Ford-Trucks Forums!
Welcome to Ford-Trucks.com.

You are currently viewing our forums as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join the Ford-Trucks Forums community today!





 
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 03-14-2010, 04:29 PM
Waynenap's Avatar
Waynenap Waynenap is offline
Elder User
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Phoenix Az
Posts: 756
Waynenap has a good reputation on FTE.Waynenap has a good reputation on FTE.
f-250 steering box adjustment

I just bought a 2003 f-250 7.3 with 150k miles. My alignment guy said the steering box needed tightening up. He did and I noticed it was a little tight turning, but didn't feel comfortable questioning him. Subsequently, there is a groan when I turn the wheel now. It's been about a month since he adjusted it.

Does anybody have any ideas what this might be?

Thanks,

Wayne
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 03-14-2010, 07:26 PM
sjgordo's Avatar
sjgordo sjgordo is offline
Junior User
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: MASS
Posts: 56
sjgordo is starting off with a positive reputation.
I would try backing the adjustment off and see if it stops. On top of the steering box there is a nut w/allen head, nut is a 5/8's i beleive. Mark the allen head with paint stick or something so you can tell how much you turn it. Just loosen nut and turn allen head counter clock wise just a 1/4 at a time. If you back it off a 1/4 and it goes away your all set if not keep at it and make sure your steering wheel isnt getting sloppy.
__________________
99 F250 7.3 PDS

Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 03-14-2010, 08:36 PM
bunklash's Avatar
bunklash bunklash is offline
Elder User
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Northwest Florida
Posts: 730
bunklash is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.
Not to hijack the thread, but gotta ask, what is the purpose of adjusting the steering box? It won't tighten up my turning radius will it?
Thanks.
__________________
Bunky Jones, retired AF mechanic, New Jersey escapee
'02 F350 PSD 2WD Crew Cab, SRW, Short Bed, PHP tuner, 4" turboback exhaust, AEM intake, Firestone air bags, Tru Cool 4739, tranny, water and exh temp guages.
2008 Cameo 35SB3 5th wheel, our retirement condo on wheels.
Happiness doesn't come from getting what you want, it comes from appreciating what you have!
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 03-14-2010, 08:42 PM
Fishin76's Avatar
Fishin76 Fishin76 is offline
Posting Guru
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Canton, IL
Posts: 1,608
Fishin76 is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.
No, It's supposed to tighten up slack in the steering wheel. It's a last resort if you've already done ball joints, tie rod ends, and bushings.

It helped mine a some, cut the slack in half. I ended up going a half turn on the adjustment screw.
__________________
These are not the Droids you are looking for.....
Current vehicles:
2009 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.8L 6sp auto - Wifey's DD
2000 F250 SD XLT SC LB 4x4 PSD Ebony and Grey 260K, TS 6-pos Chip, 6637, CCV - my DD now.
1994 F150 XL RC LB 69K 5.0L 2wd, My son's DD.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 03-14-2010, 08:52 PM
Waynenap's Avatar
Waynenap Waynenap is offline
Elder User
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Phoenix Az
Posts: 756
Waynenap has a good reputation on FTE.Waynenap has a good reputation on FTE.
Thanks, guys!

The interesting thing is I haven't done all the other things first. I'm not quite sure where that leaves me. I guess I should back it off a 1/4 turn and see what happens. I've been thinking of doing all those things but haven't got started on it, yet.
Do you think the power steering pump maybe damaged?

Wayne
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 03-15-2010, 08:47 AM
sjgordo's Avatar
sjgordo sjgordo is offline
Junior User
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: MASS
Posts: 56
sjgordo is starting off with a positive reputation.
You could have a pump going bad, just try to back of the adjustment and if nothing changes check the pump, fluid level ok? Have someone in the truck turning the wheel and listen to the pump if it’s screaming could be the pump on its way out!
__________________
99 F250 7.3 PDS

Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 03-15-2010, 02:09 PM
SteveH-CO SteveH-CO is offline
Posting Guru
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Southern Colorado
Posts: 1,201
SteveH-CO has a good reputation on FTE.SteveH-CO has a good reputation on FTE.
I tightened my box ('01, 160K) and it removed the slack, but the box still feels worn out. As someone pointed out, the wear all happens in the 'straight ahead' position where you do most of your driving, so adjusting the box can make it tight in the unworn areas. I have adjusted several other boxes with success, so it can work, but not on every box, every time.

In my case, the front end is tight (all parts replaced), so I may just replace the box.
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 03-15-2010, 05:18 PM
Waynenap's Avatar
Waynenap Waynenap is offline
Elder User
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Phoenix Az
Posts: 756
Waynenap has a good reputation on FTE.Waynenap has a good reputation on FTE.
I'll check it out as you say, and see what happens. It just seems like quite a coincidence that the pump started howling after it was tightened.
I really want to replace all the bushings, tie rod ends, ball joints, steering damper, u joints and will probably replace the steering box. It's a super nice truck and is worth making it run right.

Does anyone know someone in the South Central Kentucky area that works on Power strokes and really knows how to do the job properly. I don't feel capable of doing something that extensive.

Thanks,
Wayne
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 03-15-2010, 06:17 PM
WestxSRT10's Avatar
WestxSRT10 WestxSRT10 is offline
Elder User
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: SW Idaho
Posts: 574
WestxSRT10 is starting off with a positive reputation.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Waynenap View Post
I'll check it out as you say, and see what happens. It just seems like quite a coincidence that the pump started howling after it was tightened.
I really want to replace all the bushings, tie rod ends, ball joints, steering damper, u joints and will probably replace the steering box. It's a super nice truck and is worth making it run right.

Does anyone know someone in the South Central Kentucky area that works on Power strokes and really knows how to do the job properly. I don't feel capable of doing something that extensive.

Thanks,
Wayne
If you want it done right, do it yourself its easy.
You must first and always jack the front end off the ground during the adjustments. Test the steering wheel for binding as you adjust the box. Adjust it till you feel a tightness in the wheel then back off till it easy to turn the wheel inside the cab.
__________________
2008 SD F-250,Lariat CC,4x4, V10, 5 Star tune, dualsteer damper, Bilsteins, MagHytec diff. cover.
2008 Viper SRT-10, Belanger ceramic header+exhaust.
2010 Ram 1500 crew cab Bighorn 4x4 Hemi
2009 Heartland Sundance 287RL XLT, 30' 5th wheel
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 03-15-2010, 06:22 PM
Krewat's Avatar
Krewat Krewat is offline
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Long Island USA
Posts: 34,346
Krewat has a superb reputationKrewat has a superb reputationKrewat has a superb reputationKrewat has a superb reputationKrewat has a superb reputationKrewat has a superb reputationKrewat has a superb reputationKrewat has a superb reputationKrewat has a superb reputationKrewat has a superb reputationKrewat has a superb reputation
Quote:
Originally Posted by WestxSRT10 View Post
Adjust it till you feel a tightness in the wheel then back off till it easy to turn the wheel inside the cab.
And always check it near the ends of travel for binding. A worn box will lock up near the ends, but still be sloppy in the middle (that sounded bad)
__________________
- art k. - Moderator for the Superduty, V10, 6.2L and FE forums
'13 Taurus SHO 3.5L Ecoboost w/Perf Pkg
'01 F250SD SC SB XLT V10 4x4 Volant CAI Hedman headers 5-star custom tunes on SCT X3
'97 Cougar XR7 30th Anniv Edition 4.6L
'74 F250 Highboy FE390 deceased!
I've been wrong before, I'll be wrong again. Just wait and see. ®
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old 03-16-2010, 07:26 AM
Waynenap's Avatar
Waynenap Waynenap is offline
Elder User
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Phoenix Az
Posts: 756
Waynenap has a good reputation on FTE.Waynenap has a good reputation on FTE.
I'll check out that adjustment but I actually meant I needed someone to do all the replacement work for the rest of what I want to do.

Wayne
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old 03-16-2010, 09:39 AM
Downriver Thunder's Avatar
Downriver Thunder Downriver Thunder is offline
Posting Guru
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Wyandotte, Michigan
Posts: 1,519
Downriver Thunder is starting off with a positive reputation.
It is possible to adjust it too far and too tight. I was warned by the guy that works on our trucks not to adjust it, you can damage the whole box if you don't do it right.
Reply With Quote
  #13 (permalink)  
Old 03-16-2010, 09:42 AM
hammer65 hammer65 is offline
Posting Guru
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Morehead, Ky.
Posts: 1,167
hammer65 is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.hammer65 is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.
Wayne: If you just bought your truck, then back off the steering adj. a little and then drive it a while. I have the same truck as you, and mine has always seem to wander a little. After I drove it a while, I hardly notice it. My plan is to put adjustable ball joints in when mine go bad.
Reply With Quote
  #14 (permalink)  
Old 03-16-2010, 05:40 PM
Waynenap's Avatar
Waynenap Waynenap is offline
Elder User
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Phoenix Az
Posts: 756
Waynenap has a good reputation on FTE.Waynenap has a good reputation on FTE.
I backed off the adjustment a quarter turn. It loosened it up a bit but I need to drive it a bit more to guage how it is.
Reply With Quote
  #15 (permalink)  
Old 03-26-2010, 07:24 AM
Waynenap's Avatar
Waynenap Waynenap is offline
Elder User
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Phoenix Az
Posts: 756
Waynenap has a good reputation on FTE.Waynenap has a good reputation on FTE.
It's a little looser but still moans a little on slow speed turns. I'm going to do a power steering flush this weekend, if all goes well.
It did increase the play in the steering, though.

Wayne
Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2010, 07:24 AM
Reply

Go Back   Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums > Super Duty/Heavy Duty > Super Duty & Heavy Duty

Tags
2000, 2003, adjust, adjustment, box, cover, duty, f250, ford, pump, specifications, steering, super, superduty, tighten, truck

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On
Forum Jump



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:36 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Advertising - Terms of Use - Privacy Statement - Jobs
This forum is owned and operated by Internet Brands, Inc., a Delaware corporation. It is not authorized or endorsed by the Ford Motor Company and is not affiliated with the Ford Motor Company or its related companies in any way. Ford® is a registered trademark of the Ford Motor Company.

vbulletin Admin Backup