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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-30-2001, 11:05 PM
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strange steering

I do not know why but my 86 Bronco with 33x12.5x15 a/t's, is steering funny. The steering over reacts a lot, and it takes a little bit of time to react. In other words when I steer going down the road I am constantly battling it. A lot of poeple have said it is the tires but I don't think so. Any help would be great.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-30-2001, 11:21 PM
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Re: strange steering

How long have you had the truck? Did you mess with the steering box? Have you checked all the parts in the front for being bad? And your steering shaft/rag joint? Give some more details for a better answer?

Sounds like you have the same case I had...tightened my steering box down too much.

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Re: strange steering

First place I would check is the ball joints and steering bushings. Those are the first thing. Easy to replace, and not too hard on the wallet. Then, if that didn't cure the problem, I'd check the rag joint, then move to the box ect as necessary.
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 01-31-2001, 08:12 AM
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Re: strange steering

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I have had this tuck since the 26th of january. We have replaced one of the hoses to the power steering box that was leaking. We have greased the joinst in the front. We have taken the stabilizer bar off and it was not bent. That is basically all I can think of that I have done to it. I will try the things that ya'll have suggested, and thanks.

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Re: strange steering

When you had the stabilizer bar off, did you check to see
how much play was in the bushings? My son and I had to replace those bushings because the power steering hose leaked on the bushings and he could not drive it over 45mph.
Also check to make sure the bolts are tight on the stabilizer bar. We did replace with polyurethane bushings and he has not had a problem since. Also check what the others have posted as far as front end related items.
Hope you get it fixed, it's no fun driving.

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Re: strange steering

what is a rag joint?


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post #7 of (permalink) Old 02-01-2001, 01:18 AM
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Re: strange steering

My 88 302 has a similar problem, but I find when turning, once you go past the play inthe wheel, it turns fairly sharp and wants to stay turned unless you move the wheel back. Same things would you guys say?
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Re: strange steering

exactly what happens with me except it isn't only on sharp turns

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Re: strange steering

The rag joint is the rubber joint between the steering box and the steering shaft that goes to the steering wheel. I just had to replace mine because it was torn to shreds and it was so bad that I could turn my steering wheel upside down before the wheels would turn (bad!). If you don't know where the steering shaft is, have somebody turn the wheel and you'll see it turn...it's by the driver's side wheel well. Follow it down to the steering box and it's right there. Some vans have a u-joint there instead of rubber...other trucks might too, but you probably have rubber. If you have two people, one turning the wheel and the other looking at all the steering parts, you should be able to narrow down where the slack is by seeing what is delayed in moving. Good luck

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Re: strange steering

Unless someone ripped it off, a thin black plastic shield covers the rag joint. It slips over the hose fittings of the steering box. I was rummaging thru my junkpile the other day and I found a nice rag joint from an '88 - it will fit any F-Series or Bronco from '80-'97. If you need one, let me know.

But I think it's probably the steering box that needs adjustment. I had the same problem (how is it that we all encounter the same stuff at about the same time?) a few weeks ago, and that solved it. I'm still researching it though - the Haynes directions are a little confusing.

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