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to much weight on z71 front end?

Discussion in 'Boss Plows Discussion' started by jbwerling, Nov 4, 2006.

  1. jbwerling

    jbwerling Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    I just had my standard duty 7.5 installed on my z71 and I had trouble turning my steering at a stand still. In fact it didn't want to turn at all. I have to be moving for it to turn. I also just installed timbrens. I'm wondering if something is binding. It feels like the truck is resting on the timbrens at all times, even when the plow is off. Is that normal? What can I do to correct this problem? Would tightning the torsion bars help?:confused:
  2. 04superduty

    04superduty PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,354

    my truck acts the same with the plow on. it is difficult if not impossible to steer. its just the added wieght on your front axle that causes the difficulty in steering.
  3. peterk800xc

    peterk800xc Senior Member
    Messages: 188

    TSB on this problem

    I had the exact same problem happening to me from day #1 after putting a BN 7.5 plow on my 04 Silverado.At first I too thought it was from the weight of the plow , I went to the dealer and 1 of the mechanics overheard me telling the service manager about the no power steering until the trucks underway.He said there is a TSB on this problem. Seems the power steering pumps have a valve in them and some were faulty.They can be adjusted but the pump supposedly has to be torn down and seeing mine is still nder warranty-they put a BN pump on it.It seemed to help but last week when getting the plow out of storage, it happened again.No steering at slow speeds. Back to the dealers and they did some further testing and found a bad steering box.Got it back yesterday, put the plow on it and could not tell it was even on when turning the wheel.Hopefully yours won't need a box but have it checked out.
  4. jbwerling

    jbwerling Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    Thanks. I was at a loss for a little while. Yeah, I hope its not as bad as what you say. What is a TSB?
  5. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    With the plow on do NOT turn the wheels unless you are moving.
    It is very hard on every thing up front, if you try to turn the wheel when your standing still.
  6. PDQ Pete

    PDQ Pete Senior Member
    Messages: 139

    Don't forget your ballast some wait in the back helps out.:nod:
  7. millsaps118

    millsaps118 Senior Member
    Messages: 702

    Technical Service Bulletin- Only dealers and repair shops find out about these. They are released from the factory's to shops so mechanics are aware of some of these problems. Auto makers will release TSB's on minor to moderate problems they are having with vehicles. They will recall the issue once it becomes a safety hazard or a serious problem.

    Good luck with you truck.