Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: Justin,Texas, Republic of TEXAS (USA)
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The deflection of pitman shaft should be checked when you steer left and right while sitting still. The steering gears on earlier SD's do have issues in that area.
I have replaced a few of them on 99 through 03's. The parts show to be the same but there must have been a tolerance issue addressed about then.
I have gotten the rebuilt complete units from NAPA and have not had a dud yet. For lifted trucks with much greater steering box loads I'd probably get a Red-Head rebuilt. They have a great reputation with rebuilts units for lifted trucks.
Dodge and Ford use Visteon (unless the steering gear division got sold) and Red-Head supposedly has some mods they do to get better pitman shaft control. It may be a longer needle bearing.
Pitman shaft wear and resulting looseness affects all of the big three trucks and is the biggest reason a steering gear gets changed.
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