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Old 07-21-2011, 10:29 PM
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Hey, I was looking for some suggestions to fix the steering wander before I go shelling out big bucks for more new parts or to have an expert look at it. Dont get me wrong I don't mind buying new parts, I just want to buy the right ones.

I have already replaced the upper and lower ball joints, the steering box, and inner tie-rod end.

Mostly, I am trying to get the truck ready to sell, the job I needed it for has gone away and I start back to college soon and will be commuting roughly 80 miles per day and working less, so I kind of need something comfortable with good mpg. Hate to see my 4x4 Cummins go, but it happens. So if anybody has been able to see a Dodge with the wander, that would be nice to know also.

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Stupid question, but did you get it aligned?
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Yes, I did. But I only had a front end alignment done. I hear that the 4wheel alighments are much better however I do not think that crabbing with the front and rear wheels out of align would cause what I am experiencing. Its a sort of looseness in the steering, as if the wheels are turning without the input of the steering wheel. Of course, this sounds like steering box failure, but the box has been replaced twice. I have heard that the outer tie rod ends could be the culprit but I have also heard this wander is near impossible to remove using dodge parts. Thus, I was considering swapping steering components with a f-250 or chevy 2500, I haven't looked, but I reckon I could make them work and ya know hybrids are popular right now! lol
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Pitman arm thats my problem did you check that? You would think when the alignment was done they would have said what was bad.
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how far can you turn the steering wheel before the tires begin to move?

if it is more than 2-3 inches, read up on that particular steering box, to see if it can be fine tuned

older Chevys have 2 adjusters, you had to back off the course adjustment nut, then back off the course adjustment slightly, then adjust the fine adjustment nut, then the course adjustment, then tighten the adjustment nut
it took some playing with to get it just right

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IF it's a fresh steering box i'd suggest that procedure but only turn in the adjuster 1/8th
turn to compare the way it steers. If it helped to get the steering under control or to the point you can accept it, you will know you have located the issue.. then adjust it another 1/8th turn... sneak up on the excess play (the box may not be the problem).

Good synthetic PS fluid is a must..

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did mine took a quarter turn took all the slop out. a little tight to get to but not to bad
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One of the weak areas on the front of this generation truck is the track bar and track bar links.
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One thing I would do first is get underneath and have some one crank the steering wheel while observing the ball joint on the track bar at the frame and your tie rod ends. You can also pry against them with a proper tool and if anything moves it should be replaced.
You can also check the ball joints in a similar fashion.
A shot steering stabilizer can contribute to wander. Sway bar bushings, if rotted out, and do the same
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They make a steering box stabilizer for the dodges because of its inherent steering problems mine has one installed from the P.O. I've seen them on line. LMC,ebay. When I bought my truck it needed new tires after installation I thought I had some play so I started checking things out turns out the tire dealer had my tires under inflated and there was alot of side wall play aired up and problem went mostly away I am thinking about polyurethane bushings and a dual steering stabilizer to make it 100%
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