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  99 Ram 4x4 steering wander...... - Posted: 07-18-2012, 03:02 PM
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Yes, I know this has been beat to death but I have read so many threads I don't even know anymore how to proceed.

All parts replaced so far were faulty. New Track Bar, Tie-rod end driver side, Upper and lower ball joints both sides and Tires with a front end alignment. Oh..... and brake pads, calipers, hoses (unrelated).

Steering is better but still unsatisfactory!

Attempted the Bearing pre-load adjustment on the steering box but was unable to move the adjuster either direction with my homemade spanner wrench even after soaking in WD40. I will note that I could not feel any end play in stub shaft although not sure that I would.

Turned the over center adjustment on steering box one-half turn clockwise which helped some.

Everything feels tight in the steering shaft u-joints although there is some slop where it comes out of the firewall. (Not convinced that the Rock Solid Ram fix will address wandering issues, advice appreciated here)

Everything seems tight underneath also and I really cannot nail down any slop in the steering response in the garage at least.

The steering damper has leaked fluid and unsure of its condition but don't think that would cause wandering?????

What next? Am about to pull my hair out.
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 Posted: 07-18-2012, 03:10 PM
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How are the is the tie rod on the pitman arm? How about the one that attaches to the cross over (Not sure how to explain it)- its the one that attachs to the adjusting sleeve with the other tie rod that goes to the pitman arm?

If those are tight I'd put it on the steering box. On the ones I removed from my truck-new reman's or used - the input shaft moved a lot before it would move the pitman arm output shaft. Meaning it would allow the pitman arm and everything its attached to, to move before transmiting anything to the steering shaft/steering wheel.
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 Posted: 07-18-2012, 03:23 PM
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How are the is the tie rod on the pitman arm? How about the one that attaches to the cross over (Not sure how to explain it)- its the one that attachs to the adjusting sleeve with the other tie rod that goes to the pitman arm?

If those are tight I'd put it on the steering box. On the ones I removed from my truck-new reman's or used - the input shaft moved a lot before it would move the pitman arm output shaft. Meaning it would allow the pitman arm and everything its attached to, to move before transmiting anything to the steering shaft/steering wheel.
I have not seen any movement in the tie-rods mentioned but will look it over again.

I am pretty sure there is an immediate response of the steering box output when the input shaft is turned but will look more closely.

It's my son's truck so I only drive it when it's broken or road testing after repairs.
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How about the one that attaches to the cross over (Not sure how to explain it)- its the one that attachs to the adjusting sleeve with the other tie rod that goes to the pitman arm?
I think you mean drag link.
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YES thank you, major brain fart .
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Allot of things can cause it hubs, tie rods, ball joint, track bar.
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 Posted: 07-19-2012, 09:34 PM
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After having another look by slowly turning the steering wheel left to right there is in fact play in the input shaft before the output responds. When turned rapidly back and forth you can hear the steering gear box clunking.

As stated before I was unable to budge the spanner nut to make the preload adjustment on the truck.

I am assuming at this point I just need to remove the gear box and get it in the vise so I can get enough torque on it to adjust the preload and the over-center?

And if that doesn't remove the slop then it's time for a new one?

Is gear box removal and reinstallation pretty straight forward?
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 Posted: 07-21-2012, 06:50 PM
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Decided just to go ahead and replace the steering gear box. Truck is now behaving quite nicely on the road.
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