'99 & up 7.3L Power Stroke Engine and DrivetrainDiscussion of the 99 & up 7.3L Power Stroke diesel engine and drivetrain in the 1999-Up Super Duty trucks and Excursions. No gas engine discussion allowed except on transmissions and drivetrain that pertain to all models. Please confine discussion of topics in this forum to those items that are specific to the 7.3L Power Stroke engine.
I've got this too. Have your spouse or a friend move the wheel in the truck from side to side in your driveway. Watch all the ball joints in the steering linkage. In my case I had to replace the steering links on either wheel side and I had to replace the large link between the steering arm and the steering pitman arm coming off the steering gear.
My steering box was also quite loose but after repairing the joints in the linkages it fixed it 3/4.
I did tighten up the box a bit. If your box is loose, you can adjust it slightly but be VERY careful - you can ruin it doing this.
Use a wrench to loosen the nut that holds the allen wrench stud on the top of the steering gear.... while it is slightly loose turn the allen stud inward slightly 1/4 turn at a time. Then re-tighten the nut while holding the stud in place. I was told if you go to far you can ruin the steering gear. Otherwise only option is a new gear box. They seem notoriously loose just so you know. The steering in my 98' F150 was razor sharp compared to this slushbox. Apparently this is a factory adjustment when the box is new.
I'm going to replace my steering gear box next.
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