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Old 08-14-2010, 08:46 PM   #1
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Got an 02 F250 Super Duty that has horrible wander steer...I've replaced the gear box, steering stabilizer, had tires and an alignment done...damn things still wanders all over the rode...just seems like tons of slop...everything in the front end is tight...is there something else on these trucks that cause this?
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Old 08-14-2010, 09:05 PM   #2
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Did they do a toe and go or did it need the cams? sounds like a possible caster issue.
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Old 08-14-2010, 09:09 PM   #3
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Ball joints? I know mine are bad and my heap wonders everywhere.

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Old 08-14-2010, 09:11 PM   #4
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Tires need to be atleast E load rated.



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Old 08-14-2010, 09:40 PM   #5
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I would check ball joints as posted, you could also slightly loosen up the adjustment on top of the steering gear to help the wander. Try about a 1/2 turn counter clockwise and see if it helps.
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Old 08-14-2010, 09:40 PM   #6
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I was complaining at the servoce department of local dealer about my F250 wandering the road and he said that the front sway bar end links commonly go bad and cause this issue. Have a look at them.
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Old 08-14-2010, 10:04 PM   #7
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never had that problem put 175000 + on 2 of them
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Old 08-14-2010, 10:38 PM   #8
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ball joints or radius arm bushings will cause this!
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Old 08-14-2010, 10:51 PM   #9
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Some tires will cause this. What tires do you have on it?
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I'm having the same problem. Ball joints, steering stabilizer and sway bar links have been replaced. Nothing in the front is loose and an alignment didn't fix it. The more weight I put in the back the worse it gets. BTW it's a 2001 F-250 diesel.
The dealer told me it's probably the torque arm but there is no play in it at all.
2 different sets of tires and no change. If I run it at the recommended tire pressure I cant drive it over 60mph without it almost pulling me off the rouad.
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mine was like that, i put a new steering box in it not a cheapo reman, and its been like a new truck
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Old 08-15-2010, 01:15 AM   #12
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It has BF Goodrich All Terrain tires on it...it's been like this for a while...even before all the items got replaced...I'm starting to think @ 200,000 the ball joints may need to be replaced...the front carrier bearings are shot and howling so I may just take a weekend to rebuild the whole front end of the truck...front axle, u-joints, ball joints...aside from that the diesel runs its balls off.
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Old 08-15-2010, 03:06 AM   #13
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replaced every thing on my 2000 even gear box still has some slop i think its in the slip shaft in the colum!
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:22 AM   #14
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If its the slip shaft you will get a clunk at parking lot speeds over the lightest bumps, the sway bar links the same way, they are very sensitive to tread "wiggle" on new tires the tread is tall and the rubber moves around under the tire ( feels like the back will pass the front) also if your squating the back the toe will change, I cant belive your not getting pinion shudder then you will need a air bag set up to maintain the ride height. Ball joints every 40,000 are very common the Ford ones are cheaper than the part store just jack the front up put a bar under the tire and lift very easy to check
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It has BF Goodrich All Terrain tires on it...it's been like this for a while...even before all the items got replaced...I'm starting to think @ 200,000 the ball joints may need to be replaced...the front carrier bearings are shot and howling so I may just take a weekend to rebuild the whole front end of the truck...front axle, u-joints, ball joints...aside from that the diesel runs its balls off.


Good lord 200000 miles on original set of ball joints, I bet they are shot. I start seeing them going bad around 60000 to 100000 miles. Get the ball joints replaced and see what happens, then try loosen the sector shaft adjustment on the gear. The most common things to wear out on front ends on these are ball joints, sway bar bushings and links. The newer f250's, 2005 and up had alot of issue with steering wander, think there was a tsb out for adjusting the gear then replacing it if it doesn't fix it.
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