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Old December 10th, 2008, 06:39 PM   #1
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I have a 94 explorer with a 3" body lift....I did the lift over a year ago
I installed the shaft extender on the steering shaft...
when i drive it now...it turns perfectally but when i go to bring the wheel back straight it is hard to bring it back and it wants to keep pulling the direction i turned....alignment is good and the steering shaft U-joint is also good, checked by holding below and above and turning shafts opposite...no play....could it be the steering box going bad or possibly ball joints??? the shaft has play. maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inch movement circular each way...
Im kind of lost now and Im kind of weary of driving in wintery conditions as is...
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raise the front wheels off the ground

disconnect tie rods at the spindles

manual turn spindle left to right and see if you have any stiffness in the motion.....

also check the front axle joints for stiffness as they can do the same effect on steering.
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Old December 10th, 2008, 06:46 PM   #3
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Something to do with a return line in your power steering system maybe? Relief valve in power steering pump?

Does it make a difference when you go faster?
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no it doesnt make a difference when i go faster...any speed
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raise the front wheels off the ground

disconnect tie rods at the spindles

manual turn spindle left to right and see if you have any stiffness in the motion.....

also check the front axle joints for stiffness as they can do the same effect on steering.
X2 On Wheel Joints, I had that happen on My Bronco not that long ago and that was the problem.
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Yea i took it in today to an alignment shop....Front wheel U-joints are shot and ball joints are gettin bad....$600....if it wasnt so cold and done them before id do it ...but am more than happy to learn:).....
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Yea i took it in today to an alignment shop....Front wheel U-joints are shot and ball joints are gettin bad....$600....if it wasnt so cold and done them before id do it ...but am more than happy to learn:).....
$600 for U-joints and ball joints? Seems like a good deal, Ball joints are $25 a piece, and u-joints are $20 a piece. If that includes alignment that seems cheap in todays shops.
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yea...its not bad...but im in college lol....and i love workin on my cars...but i havent done u-joints yet....
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yea...its not bad...but im in college lol....and i love workin on my cars...but i havent done u-joints yet....
If you havent had the work done yet then call your local auto parts store(nape, auto value, or independent, not murrays or zone) and the should be able to change the joints for you if you take the shaft in to them. Same thing with ball joints, take the whole spindle in and they can change it too. I work at an auto value and we would probably charge you ~$60 for 4 ball joints and 2 U-joints.
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if u still lived down here we could do it , ive done both on a couple RBV's and its not hard.
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now that its gotten a lil warmer up here seems like they loosened up a little bit and it steers pretty good now, alot smoother but you can still here the loose joints....i dont have 4x4 right now and pry wont til spring....is it alright to drive it as is as long as 4x4 isnt engaged?....
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now that its gotten a lil warmer up here seems like they loosened up a little bit and it steers pretty good now, alot smoother but you can still here the loose joints....i dont have 4x4 right now and pry wont til spring....is it alright to drive it as is as long as 4x4 isnt engaged?....
Yes, as long as you don't engage 4x4 you won't hurt anything.
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