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Old 07-04-2011, 11:05 AM
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Default Play in steering

Hey everyone,

My ranger has had pretty noticeable play in the steering since I bought it. I can turn the wheel about an inch each direction before it will catch and impact the direction. It does not pull at all, just has a lot of play. The wheel is also off center a few inches.

I was recently told I needed my left ball joint(s) replaced and am planning on having it done in about 2 weeks. Could this be the problem? Could it be the tie rods, or something else?


And on a side note, the manual gear shift seems a little loose as well. When in gear it still has a good 1/2 inch of play....is there an easy fix for this?

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Old 07-10-2011, 08:04 AM
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Default Re: Play in steering

anyone?
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:44 AM
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Default Re: Play in steering

Hey,

I know this is an old thread but I thought I would answer anyway. You should do a dry park test. unlock the wheel (KOEO) and have someone turn the steering wheel slightly and look to see how long it takes the wheels to start to move. Also watch the steering shaft. On my vehicle when I did this test, the steering shaft and everything turns with the wheel down to the point where it connects to the steering gear. there is no movement of the wheels after the steering gear. My steering gear is worn and needs to be replaced.

Hope this helps, if you have any other questions let me know. If you are confused by what I am talking about let me know and I will try and make a video of my vehicle for you.

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Old 09-30-2011, 02:54 PM
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Thanks for the reply, I'll have to give that a try and see if it helps any. I think what my problem was more than anything was the tie rod ends. Once I replaced them along with all four ball joints and had an alignment done (and had the bearings repacked) the wheel seemed to tighten up a bit, as well as straighten up.
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Old 09-30-2011, 03:08 PM
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Hello,

It wont help fix anything, but it will definitely help you diagnose the issue. Tie rods being worn would certainly make things feel sloppy so if changing those helped surely that was at least part of the issue, lol.
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