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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-06-2003, 12:27 AM
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Hi guys,

I have been driving all year up here in Alaska on my small tires. I have a 92 Ford F150 4x4 351 V8. I was wondering about my steering. It has been really sloppy lately and there is alot of play in it now for some reason. I have replaced the tie rods that went bad. My power steering pump sounds like it is having to work harder to turn the wheels. Sometiems my pump doesnt even have enough power to turn them?? Im a little bit confused. My belt on my truck is also a little cracked and I will be replacing that tonight. Could that cause my steering to be worse due to a lose worn out belt?? I am going to look through my tie rods again. Do power steering pumps go out alot on lifted trucks??? Maybe mine is just worn out now. Well any help on this topic is greatly appreciated. I did notice that the tie rod that connects to the dropped pitman arm is pretty shot. I will replace that one soon also. Maybe that is the main problem as it is closest to the power steering pump?? Well thanks alot guys and I cant wait to read your replies [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: Steering

the belt could be glazed and slipping, so that could make the steering hard.
for steering wheel play. do all the worn out tie rod ends and go from there. it can also be the rag joint in the steering box, or the steering box can have excessive play in it.
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Re: Steering

If your keeping the truck for the long term, look for lifetime gaurantees on your parts. Are your Ball joints OK?
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Re: Steering

I've been pricing steering linkage and I found a new gem! AutoZone now carries Perfect Circle products, which is a Dana/Spicer subsidiary so it should be good stuff. Probably not at good as MOOG, but I priced the linkage as follows, which is probably 1/3 what you'd spend on MOOG stuff:
inner: $23
outer: $18
inner: $42
outer: $18

I consider that pretty cheap, so I'm redoing it all and carrying the old linkage as my trail spares [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img] At the same time, I'm putting on my junkyard steering box and Saginaw pump, so this wild stallion will now be tame as a pony! [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]

I forgot to look, but these parts should have a lifetime warranty like most everything at AutoZone [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
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