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Old 06-03-2009, 07:48 PM
Sky King Sky King is offline
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Default 1991 Ranger Steering

Oh we go. I've changed 5 steering boxes, the rubber coupling that connects the steering to the steering box, disassembled the steering wheel (found looseness in the steering wheel fit and fixed that...don't ask how and that was 60k miles ago), I've changed every part in the steering and linkage, all bushings, and really did not find anything wrong. The steering is still loose. You can feel the resistance in the wheel (slightly) but you have to move the wheel an inch or so to get any appreciable steering input (enough to alter the direction of the truck).

I was thinking of checking the pressure of the power steering pump or just replacing it, I've done that once in 18 years. The steering wheel does not come back to center quickly when you release it, in fact, it sticks. I've loosened the adjustment on the steering box and it didn't change anything.

I'm wondering if it can be a front end alignment issue, I've had it check but not to address any difficult steering. The front end is in alignment it doesn't pull either way and the tires are wearing OK.

I have noted that the rear axles move side to side a bit....enough to concern me (but that was over 100K miles ago) and my account for some instability with the front steering which is my concern. Keeping the truck pointed in the right direction is important.

Anyway if anyone has had issues with something like this I'd appreciate some input. I once mused that I could take a steering box off a Ranger while someone stopped at a red light.

I have a great deal of experience with this truck, owning it 18 years and 400K miles. It's been in the shop once and they didn't fix it.

Stay tuned I have other issues with this truck and others.

Take Care,
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Old 06-16-2009, 03:00 PM
LittleBigFoot LittleBigFoot is offline
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I haven't worked with the older rangers, just 98 and up, but I've done my fair share of steering fabrication. Does the column use a rag joint or CV style column?

It doesn't sound like it's the pump. That just assists the mechanical linkage.

An inch of play isn't too bad, ever driven a TTB Bronco? Or any solid axle / leaf sprung frot truck?

It could be the worm gear in the PS box. That's not a biggy. It could be the rag joint or cvs in the column are shot. Very possibly tie rod ends. I'm leanin towards worm gear or TREs
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Old 06-23-2009, 09:55 AM
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Is your ranger a 4X4? I had a funny steering problem and it turns out it was the universal joints in the forward half-shafts. They were frozen bad and it made for a lot of resistance in the wheel and 'sticking' after a turn...maybe?
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Old 07-02-2011, 10:12 AM
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Default Re: 1991 Ranger Steering

how do you adjust the steering wheel. out about 15 degrees. Steering gear is tight.
1990 Ford Ranger Extended cab, 4.0 liter. 2 wheel drive

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