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Tight steering ..

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by groundbreakers, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. groundbreakers

    groundbreakers Senior Member
    Messages: 828

    my 98 dakota 4 wheel has been sitting for about 4 months and now i got into it and my steering is unusually tight ... it stil turns but not loose like it use to be ?? all tires properly inflated ball joints still good .. nothing leakin .... ??????????????? any imput would be cool
  2. dodge15004x45.9

    dodge15004x45.9 Senior Member
    from malvern
    Messages: 361

  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Check your brakes and calipers ,maybe froze up.
  4. snow7899

    snow7899 Senior Member
    Messages: 234

    My dad's 00 dakota has the same problem. It ended up being the upper and lower steering joints. We were able to spray the joints with CRC powerlube and seemed to free up but the shaft will have to be replaced before the plow season.
  5. groundbreakers

    groundbreakers Senior Member
    Messages: 828

    yah took your advice went and got the CNC stuff ... pretty potent stuff for $3 bucks sprayed the hell outta everything .... better steering ... thanks alot though ... btw how many quarts of tranny fluid is needed for V6 dakota ?
  6. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    My dakota had this issue, I just replaced the shaft. Once those joints start to go your steering goes to sh*t.
  7. groundbreakers

    groundbreakers Senior Member
    Messages: 828

    yah whay doesnt go to sh*t .... quality went that way too
  8. Green Grass

    Green Grass PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,577

    depends on what you want to do. just change the filter then looking at about 6