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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-06-2010, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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steering sticking

hi i have a f250 super duty and sometimes when i am driving it gets a mind of it's own it will dart to one side then with some force to bring it back it will got the other way i just had it lined up and the front end checked and they said it was all good ,so could it be the stabilizer or u joints seizing

sorry but i don't know if i'm in the right section to ask a question
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-06-2010, 10:28 AM
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I expect that one of your front wheel U Joints are seized. Try this on each front wheel:
Chock the rear wheels and jack up front end and let wheels hang.
Unlock the ignition and lock one front hub.
Rotate the wheel until one axis of the U joint is at the 12 & 6 position.
Try to steer the wheel back and forth using the tire.
Rotate the wheel so the same points on the joint are now at the 9 & 3 position.
Try to steer the wheel back & forth again.
If one of these 2 times the steering is very difficult to turn. That side will be your bad joint.
If not repeat the process on the other side.
If the manual hubs are seized (as most are on SD's) you can still rotate the shaft from behind the wheel and get someone to hold it or wire it in that position for the test. Watch the fingers.

Let us know what you find!
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-06-2010, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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thanks i'll give it a try
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-06-2010, 01:25 PM
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I 2nd the seized ujoint

2001 F350 CC SWB 6spd....currently getting a complete 'makeover'. Stay tuned.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-06-2010, 02:10 PM
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What year is truck? If it's the new style (mid '99 and newer) that has the unitized wheel bearing units, I's seriously consider replacing the front axle u-joints and the ball joints at the same time. Reason being, you only take apart everything once, so you save a lot on labor cost. Plus you only buy one expensive set of seals. Also buy greaseable stuff so you can grease everything and make it last a lot longer.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-06-2010, 03:54 PM
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we have had some with steering gear concerns,while driving strait ahead will just take off left or right.

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