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Old 06-20-2010, 10:47 PM
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Mint 1995 350 understeer? loose feeling steering

So i just bought a mint 95 350 7.5. Im noticing that the steering seems loose. Like im always turning the wheel to keep it straight. Also feels like there might be some tire wobble. Anyway, would appreciate some help diagnosing the problem.
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I'm going to say Tie rod bushings.
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Yeah, thats what im thinking! Thanks for the reply.
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Take it to an alignment shop and have them examine it. Most shops will do a free estimate in hopes of getting the job. It might be worn tie rod ends, a loose Pitman arm on the steering box, suspension bushings, or even low tire pressure. If the problem is free play in the steering wheel, the steering box may need to be adjusted. Recirculating ball steering boxes are designed to be adjusted to compensate for wear. The procedure is in the manual, but don't overdue it or you can cause binding and accelerated wear in the steering box.

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Take it to an alignment shop and have them examine it. Most shops will do a free estimate in hopes of getting the job. It might be worn tie rod ends, a loose Pitman arm on the steering box, suspension bushings, or even low tire pressure. If the problem is free play in the steering wheel, the steering box may need to be adjusted. Recirculating ball steering boxes are designed to be adjusted to compensate for wear. The procedure is in the manual, but don't overdue it or you can cause binding and accelerated wear in the steering box.

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Make sure to at least tip the technician $20 if you do this. They make so little doing a full alignment job, if you arn't going to have them do the work it really puts a dent in their paycheck to only do free inspections. Plus if you come back afterwards to get the new parts lined up they will remember you and treat you better.
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All of what they said plus I have seen the slip joint in the stearing shaft get loose on these also the splined coupler that connects to the box, take a look.
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Make sure to at least tip the technician $20 if you do this. They make so little doing a full alignment job, if you arn't going to have them do the work it really puts a dent in their paycheck to only do free inspections. Plus if you come back afterwards to get the new parts lined up they will remember you and treat you better.
Never hurts to grease the skids if the guy is knowledgeable & honest. The problem with the front end (especially Ford's twin I beam) is, it's hard to find a shop that won't try to do a "dog & pony" show, w/ a big price tag at the end!

If you stand in front of your truck, have someone slowly change directions w/ the steering wheel. If you notice a lag time between when one or the other tire changes direction, tie rod bushings. They will also start raising hell w/ the rest of your components.

This doesn't rule out other components, but from my experience with 8-10 high milage Ford trucks, concerning tie rod bushings, it's not a question of if, just when. Personally, I think it's the most under engineered part of the truck.
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Make sure to at least tip the technician $20 if you do this. They make so little doing a full alignment job, if you arn't going to have them do the work it really puts a dent in their paycheck to only do free inspections. Plus if you come back afterwards to get the new parts lined up they will remember you and treat you better.
I couldn't have put this any better myself.

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I have a 96 f-250 and experienced the same problems you are speaking of! My truck ended up having 2 of 3 axle u-joints going bad!
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Ok now im starting to feel some knocking when i back out of a drive way and turn the wheel. Its on the drivers side. I can feel it thru the floor board.

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Ok now im starting to feel some knocking when i back out of a drive way and turn the wheel. Its on the drivers side. I can feel it thru the floor board.

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clanking while steering

Well done sir!
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Ok now im starting to feel some knocking when i back out of a drive way and turn the wheel. Its on the drivers side. I can feel it thru the floor board.

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U joints in the axle half shafts...they need replaced.
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