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Old 03-06-2004, 09:08 PM
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Question F150 Turning Radius

I have a 2000 F150 XLT. (6 cyl) I like this truck well enough, but one thing about it bugs me; its turning radius!

Compared to my previous truck, a 1991 F150 (a great truck -- god rest his soul!) this 2000 take at least an extra 5-10 feet to make a 180-degree turn. Street and Hiway driving is not a problem, but parking is sometimes a pain.

After drive the 1991 for so long the space needed to turn/park it was hardwired into the navigation section of my brain. The extra space this 2000 needs to turn often requires an "extra" backup/realignment maneuver when parking – not a big deal, but annoying.

Has anyone else noticed or reported this? Is this a design feature of the 2000 F150, or might the previous owner (I bought it with 17k miles) have "adjusted" it somehow.

Might there be an easy way to adjust this? If not, I'll just need to take another few months to reprogram the Nav section in my brain.

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My 2000 Scab short bed turns way tighter than my 1994 f150 reg cab long bed. My.02

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Compare the '91 wheelbase with the '00 wheelbase and you might see the reason for the diference. Longer wheel base would take more if turning of the wheel was the same angle. Check the steering stops to be sure all is in proper order. If larger tires are installed on the '00, the previous owner may have adjusted the stops.
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not sure where to post this so doing it here.

If you have room TURN QUICKER & SHARPER BY BACKING UP. Not sure why but seems to work.

If I need to make a U-turn with little room when traffic clear:
1 pull over to Right side as far as possible
2 Back up and turn Left all the way as soon as able (avoid dropping Right Front tire into ditch or hitting something
3 stop when Right Rear tire or vehicle in jeopardy
4 turn hard Right and be on your way.

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Old 08-10-2018, 08:55 PM
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On your truck, turn the wheels to the extreme, if the tire inside comes close to the frame, that's the limit of the model you have..
The spindle stop is also a limit.
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