Re: Little front end help
Have you tried tightening the steering box?
Locate the allen bolt and locknut on top of the steering box. It’s close to the radiator. The locknut should be a 5/8".
Mark the allen bolt so you’re oriented and know where the start point is, then loosen the locknut.
Turn the allen bolt clockwise a quarter turn to tighten the gear mesh. Tighten the locknut and road test your vehicle.
Be careful not to over-tighten the allen bolt. If you do, the steering may become too tight and get extremely stiff during a tight turn, possibly causing you to drive off the roadway.
Keep repeating the sequence, turning the allen bolt a ¼ turn at a time, followed by a test drive, until you're satisfied with the performance. If you over-tighten the allen bolt, turn the allen bolt back a quarter turn, counter-clockwise.
There is a risk of over tightening the box and causing it to wear out prematurely, so I suggest you tighten it to the point where the slop is gone, and no further.
From what I’ve read on the forums, most people will turn the allen bolt three-quarters of a rotation to one and one half rotations before they’re happy with the results.
This has cured a lot of slop in many Ford rigs.
2002 F250 Lariat SC 4x2
- 38R, AC's, MBRP 4", AFE Big Boost, JW valve body, Riiffraff HPX soft line & CCV, ITP's OBA, Live Tuned by Jody
2000 4X4 Excursion
- John Wood 4R100, AFE Stage 2, MBRP 4", 1.0 housing, WW, F5, V and B code springs, ITP's OBA and pre-pump kit.