Loose or Slop in steering wheel? F250 Diesel Truck

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Old 06-07-14, 09:49 AM
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Loose or Slop in steering wheel? F250 Diesel Truck

With the truck not running the steering wheel can be turned about 10 minutes to the right and 10 minutes to the left without engaging the steering linkage. Any suggestions on why I have the slop in the steering wheel?

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Probably a worn out steering gear box. Get someone to move the steering wheel while you check the steering shaft and all the front end steering parts. Should be easy to narrow down where the play is.
 
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I think it is a worn out steering box. Is this something I can replace myself? How do I replace it?
 
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I've replaced the steering gear box before on several vehicles but never one the same as yours. I'd suggest getting a Haynes manual for your truck or I suppose you could probably find a video showing how it's done. If you've never done it before you might want to enlist the help of someone that has.
 
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Steering Gear Box

It would be helpful to know the model year of your F250.
 
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The truck is 2001 - F250 Diesel 4X4.
 
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Some steering boxes have an external adjustment screw that is used to set the "free-play". A factory, or Haynes, service manual should explain this simple adjustment procedure (if this is the case with your str box).
 
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Usually there is a nut on the gear box that you loosen so you can tighten the screw that is inside of the nut. I've made that adjustment on a lot of old trucks over the years but I don't think any of them had as much play as the OP described ...... but it's worth a try! much easier and cheaper than replacing the box.
 
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Aside from steering box it can be the "rag joint" at the end of the intermediate shaft... ( steering shaft)

Also if you replace the steering box and its a 4x4 you need to replace the pitman arm also....

( What I know from what I read about steering slop)
 
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Thanks for the info - going to check it out on the truck to see if I can figure it out. Will keep you posted!
 
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okay - let me update - the steering "shaft" has about a quarter turn play in it.

so it may be just an adjustment -
 
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The adjustment screw will take out some of the slop but I don't know that it will remove it all, it depends on how much wear and slop your steering box has.
 
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