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Old September 28th, 2008, 08:01 PM   #1
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We have a 2000 F-250 with the 7.3L T.D. 4x4 in it and it recently started having a problem. When you turn real sharp, doesn't matter direction, you can feel and hear a real quiet pop in the front end. After it does this you cannot go in a straight line. It will go all over the road and there will be a lot of resistance in the wheel until you turn it past a certain point and it goes all the way one direction. So basically when it does this you start swirving like a drunk on speed and then trying to correct it is overcorrecting it. The only way to make it go away is to come to a complete stop, turn the wheel really hard both directions while giving it gas...odd huh? It has had its ball joints replaced not that long ago ( and I believe the tie rod ends also..not for sure though) and I replaced the steering stabalizer and that seemed to make it go away for a few weeks and then it came back this past week...any ideas? Oh it has 280xxx miles on it I believe. Any ideas what would cause this?
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Old September 28th, 2008, 08:05 PM   #2
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steering box would be my first guess
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Axle shaft u-joints. Just had the same problem with mine. Turned out the shafts stop just right the last time I used 4 wheel drive. One of the caps on one of the u-joints was siezed causing resistance in the steering.
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Also forgot to mention that we replaced the axleshaft ujoints about the same time as the balljoints...although it does make a nice howl up front when in fourwheel drive like one of the bearings in something is going bad again...a few months ago when they had it on drummond the line between the power steering pump and brake booster I believe burst and they replaced that... i also had a feeling that it might be the steering box. Anyway to check for sure what it is before replacing it...I am sure that that power steering box will not be cheap for this.
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My u-joints were only about a year and a half old and they went bad. Still sounds like a u-joint to me.
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Also forgot to mention that we replaced the axleshaft ujoints about the same time as the balljoints...although it does make a nice howl up front when in fourwheel drive like one of the bearings in something is going bad again...a few months ago when they had it on drummond the line between the power steering pump and brake booster I believe burst and they replaced that... i also had a feeling that it might be the steering box. Anyway to check for sure what it is before replacing it...I am sure that that power steering box will not be cheap for this.
New means new, it does not mean good. Double check everything up front.
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Put it on jack stands and unhook the drag link at the box and see if you can steer it by hand. That will tell you where to start looking. RB
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You can mess up the steering box on the SD if you try to drive it without any hydroboost, such as when that hose burst. You pretty much need to repair it where it burst or get it towed to a shop.
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U-joints should not be a factor unless you have full time hubs or a full time t-case neither of which came from the factory in 2000 I believe.
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U-joints should not be a factor unless you have full time hubs or a full time t-case neither of which came from the factory in 2000 I believe.
It will if the the axle shaft stops in a position that is perpendicular to the knuckle. This is what happened to mine. Caused enough drag that when you turned the wheel and got to center it would pull the opposite direction. I thought I had a problem with the gear box until I pulled the shaft.

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It has manual lockouts and part time tcase, we ended up getting a used power steering box at the junkyard for 125, if that doesn't solve it, we will probably change out the u joints again.
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It has manual lockouts and part time tcase, we ended up getting a used power steering box at the junkyard for 125, if that doesn't solve it, we will probably change out the u joints again.
Why go to the trouble of changing the gear box before you check the ujoints. If the ujoints look ok you can pop the tie rod ends off and try to turn the knuckle. If it binds try spinning the axle 90 degrees and check the knuckle for binding again. This is how I found the 1 bad ujoint on mine. 1 Cap was dry and seized. To the eye it looked good no looseness and no signs of rust coming from the ujoint caps. Just trying to save you some time and expense it the gear box isn't the problem. Note this binding will show weather you have manual lockouts and a part time case or not. It has nothing to do with drive line binding. It's more like having a ball joint seized. Good luck.
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