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Old May 20th, 2014, 01:56 PM   #1
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dad's 03 dodge 3/4 ton 5.7l hemi, fully stock. replaced power steering pump, doesn't wine. the problem is the power steering doesn't like to correct itself after you turn. like I said not my truck, my dad owns it, trying to help him out. it isn't hard to turn, but it is hard to keep a strait line down the road. doesnt like to straighten the wheels out like it should, you can turn the wheel in an empty parking lot and it will do circles without you even touching the steering wheel.

anyone know how to fix it?

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Old May 20th, 2014, 02:21 PM   #2
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Is it lifted at all?
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Old May 20th, 2014, 07:34 PM   #3
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Something in the front axle is sticky.....ball joints, tie rods, u joints, something.....anything that pivots when you steer could be causing it....basically the pump/box force it to turn when you turn the wheel but because its sticky it can't easily return. The ball joints are the most likely candidate but it could be the others. My 09 does it off and on....i think mine is the ujoints since it gets way worse after using 4wd.

You can narrow it down by jacking it up and trying to turn the wheels by hand....my bet is it's hard. From there unhook the tie rods from the knuckle so they are isolated.....try and turn them individually....one may be harder than the other, both could be hard, if neither are hard it could the tie rods....you get the idea.

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Old May 20th, 2014, 08:17 PM   #4
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Something in the front axle is sticky.....ball joints, tie rods, u joints, something.....anything that pivots when you steer could be causing it....basically the pump/box force it to turn when you turn the wheel but because its sticky it can't easily return. The ball joints are the most likely candidate but it could be the others. My 09 does it off and on....i think mine is the ujoints since it gets way worse after using 4wd.

You can narrow it down by jacking it up and trying to turn the wheels by hand....my bet is it's hard. From there unhook the tie rods from the knuckle so they are isolated.....try and turn them individually....one may be harder than the other, both could be hard, if neither are hard it could the tie rods....you get the idea.

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it has all new ball joints and is not lifted. I will try it and see. if it is the ball joints, Village auto in west branch needs to make it right, because they were done last year, they should last a lot longer than that. btw village auto is overpriced as hell, wanted about $1000 to replace balljoints on my chevy with IFS, got it done for $375 at ross auto north of midland, shoulda taken the dodge there.
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Bet you the trackarm is jacked...
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Old May 21st, 2014, 12:56 PM   #7
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probably not, don think that would do it because it steers smooth, and rides smooth (for a 3/4 ton dodge that is)
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It's not the track bar....that doesn't pivot when you turn.
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