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Old 11-05-2010, 06:40 PM
wood wood is offline
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Question Steering Issue


I have a 1988 Ranger 4x4.

While driving, the truck will wander to the left. The steering seems slow to respond to my movement of the steering wheel to correct it. Than the correction seems to happen all at once.

It is to the point where I don't like to drive it as it gets pretty scary when all this happens.

Here are some things I've noticed etc.

The left front tire has a little play in it when you grab it and go side to side or up/down. I thought the bearing was out, but the shop said the bearing is fine. They did say I need need shocks.

Power steering leaks a little.

Gear Box has been tightened.

Steering wheel had a lot of play in it up/down, side to side. I used some zip ties around the colum, but I know I'm missing the real issue here.

I'm new so I Thank you for all your help and I'll do my best to answer any questions.

I just want to figure this out or get an avenue to travel down to try and pin point the issue so I can drive it.

Thanks again.
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Old 11-05-2010, 06:46 PM
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Default Re: Steering Issue

i had a similar problem and it was all 4 of my ball joints going bad...about 500 bucks a set to fix it. i also had a bad tire. the belt was off causing a pull to the could also be a bad tie rod
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Old 11-05-2010, 06:49 PM
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Default Re: Steering Issue

Welcome to FRF! Good people here that can certainly help. Unfortunately, I can't help with this issue. I'll be interested to see what a skilled mechanic here says.
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Old 11-05-2010, 08:08 PM
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Default Re: Steering Issue

Thanks for the replys so far...

Looked through some paper work and found the ball joints were replaced in Aug/09.
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