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Old January 3rd, 2014, 09:27 PM   #1
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I just picked up a 96 dodge ram 1500 4x4 and the steering wheel has a lot of movement.

I have not looked under it yet, but am I looking at a bad center link or idler arm or pitman arm?

When I turn right or left its fine, its when i am just driving straight there is a lot of movement.

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Old January 3rd, 2014, 09:40 PM   #2
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 09:53 PM   #3
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Trac bar?
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 10:22 PM   #4
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My bet would be tie rod ends and or track bar.. My 3/4 ton had the same problem and both of these made the steering much tighter. I also replaced the steering box and though about doing the spring in the steering wheel shaft.. I also went with the newer style tie rods from a 98, might be worth looking in to..
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Old January 4th, 2014, 12:26 AM   #5
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Dodge front ends suck!! Always parts going bad, If you plan on keeping the truck for a while use moog replacement parts they hold up the best and life time warranty, most dodge steering slop is from track bars and gear boxes worn out or need to be adjusted, I would look over the whole front end fix what's bad if any and adjust the gear box
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It could be ujoint, ball joints, forties inner or outer, Trac bar, sloppy gear box, steering wheel components.

Your going to need a second set of hands to turn the wheel while your under it and see what is sloppy. Also put it in the air and check the ball joints.

Have fun. Or just spent about 800-1000 in parts and and 2 days labor to replace it all minus the gear box.
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You should bash whoever sold it to you.
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Old January 4th, 2014, 07:34 AM   #8
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You should bash whoever sold it to you.
grow up asshole. I bought it knowing the sloppy steering.

I posted looking for places to start looking once I get under there.

Thanks for the real responses.
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