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Old 10-12-2017, 08:34 PM
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2002 steering wondering left & right?

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Is there a common problem with the SuperDuty's having steering issues? As you drive down the road it wonders all over the road. you are constantly steering back and forth to keep it going strait. It drives me nuts, hate driving the truck! I have had ball joints replaced, track bar, tie rod ends. Truck only has 64k on it so I am stumped. my Mechanic says it is the steering box. Could it be something as simple as a front end alignment needing done? Steering stabilizer???

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Old 10-13-2017, 04:00 AM
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Could be a simple alignment or bad/under inflated tires.....check your tire pressures, rotate your tires, snd get an alignment. Should take less than an hour and $100 at a tire shop and will hopefully solve your problems.
 
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Old 10-13-2017, 04:52 AM
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Tires Have been checked for pressure, and rotated. They only have approx. 4,000 miles on them so relatively new. I think I will try the alignment first.
 
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Could be the steering box, does the steering wheel have play?

Your new tires? Do they have directional strips or are they blocky? In general, tires with definite strips steer better.

The steering stabilizer helps with a feeling of stability, a worn stabilizer can give a sense of wandering. But I have usually felt other symptoms with that such as vibrations and wobbles; you did not mention those issues.

One truck I had running oversize BFG A/T wandered even after getting rid of all play and a good alignment. Had another alignment to add more caster than stock and it drove much better after that.
 
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Old 10-13-2017, 07:38 AM
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Steering wheel does have some play. As for tires I have Goodyear wranglers, Blocky type. Steering stabilizer is relatively new last 3-4 years, but remember I have a 15 year old truck with only 64,xxx miles so not very many miles since new. I think I am going to try the alignment first.
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It's Ford's undersized and underpowered steering box/pump on these trucks. Swap it for a A1cardone
 
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My 03 is the same way and I also have replaced every part including the steering box with a Redhead box. I have grown to just live with it but it takes some time to get used to it after I drive my expedition which drives so nicely.
 
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Old 10-15-2017, 09:15 PM
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Thanks I will look at both the Redhead box and the A1 cardone
 
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