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can't find the problem 06 F350

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by John Mac, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. John Mac

    John Mac Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    I own a 2006 F350 PS crew cab. Purchased new and have about 85,000 miles on it. Have a intermittent problem that cant locate what it is.

    Every once in while it has a steering problem. After making a turn at slow speed the truck wile not steer properly until I move steering wheel back and forth very quickly and this puts it back to normal. This is not the death wobble that some have experienced, not that violent. The steering is a wobble but not a vibration with a 1/8 turn correction, and constant over steer to left to keep the truck on the road.
    Can't travel faster than 30mph and truck wants to pull to the right. Then it goes away in about a mile and the truck is fine. Thinking a steering pump but how do you test one when the truck is not acting up at time of inspection.

    Have replaced or inspected:
    ball joints
    axle u joints.

    Thank you for any advise from the Ford Experts.
     
  2. Drottlawn

    Drottlawn Senior Member
    Messages: 364

    My three thoughts. steering box going bad, steering stabilizer is binding or bent, bad tie rod end(s). Dont think it is the pump!
     
  3. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    I think its the box. I replaced the one in my dodge with a reman box that would bind like that. I got another one in (Borgeson) and it fixed it.
     
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Frozen caliper?
     
  5. metro25

    metro25 Junior Member
    from 48858
    Messages: 10

    How did you inspect the axle joints? For looseness or being bound/rusted tight? Have seen axle joint on one side that's rusted solid cause similar to what you describe on the Ford's.
     
  6. John Mac

    John Mac Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    Steering box could be it, how do you test?

    I thought of the caliper, you do have to use the brakes when turning. The calipers are original and would make the truck pull. The steering feels heavy though like power steering is gone then comes back after steering from side to like they do in Nascar during a caution.

    Axle joints are new.
     
  7. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,318

    If you still have the stock steering stabilizer it is not doing anything anyway. Get a Bilstein one.
     
  8. Drottlawn

    Drottlawn Senior Member
    Messages: 364

    Does it act up turning both ways or just one? sitting still, turn wheel all the way to left, then right. Does it act up?
    Also you could disconnect the stabilizer and see if it does it.

    My best guess is the box, but stabilizer could also cause this. My f550 was binding after coming back from a right turn and I found that the stabilizer was bent due to my buddy lifting my truck up with a forklift for kicks!:gunsfiring: It cost him a new stabilizer!
     
  9. x.system

    x.system Senior Member
    Messages: 368

    Had the same problem a couple years ago, turned out to be a bad tie rod end. Would only do it after coming to a stop, turning and I would have to pull it back, felt like the steering was locked after turning the corner. 07 f350 crew sb diesel, 75,000 miles.
     
  10. Tony350

    Tony350 Senior Member
    Messages: 546

    I had the same thing happen on my 07. Both of the outside wheel ujoints where seized up. If you want to check for that jack it up and unhook the tie rod end from the hub the tire should turn freely. My where so bad you couldn't move it by hand.
     
  11. John Mac

    John Mac Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    I was able to fix this. The drivers side axle u joint was it. Thought we replaced both but we only replaced the right side and it was the left. Thumbs Up
     
  12. John Mac

    John Mac Senior Member
    Messages: 374

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  13. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish Senior Member
    Messages: 890

    I had same problem this summer.
    Dealer was useless and lied about checking axle u joints.
    When they wanted to replace steering box, we checked axle u joints ourselves.
    Found drivers side seized solid, replaced both sides and problem hasn't resurfaced.
    GL