I have a 2001 Dodge Dakota 4X4 4.7L V8, and I have a sloppy steering wheel, to the point it seems like the front end is floating on me. I have replaced; tie rod ends, upper ball joints, brakes, rotors, shocks, nothing seems to help. Could it be the steering box, hub & bearing assy?
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Re: 2001 Dodge Dakota loose steering
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there is a u joint to be replaced on your steering shaft just after the steering shaft
open the hood look down to the steering shaft you will see a small u joint very common to go bad most auto parts stores carry the part
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where to start? any steering fluid? steering belt ok? steering wheel tight? steering pump ok? front end pitman and idler arm(s) ok? front end bushings or rod ends ok? steering box gears steipped? steering rack could be stripped. check all these first then get back to me.
Front steering / suspension is only as good as its weakest link. There are many components working together that can be problematic here is a list of liikely culprits & things to check, tried to put easy stuff first:
Sounds like a serious front end problem, probably one or more of the components are shot, or if equipped, the rack and pinion steering. Better have it checked before something breaks and you loose the steering altogether.
Unsure as to what you are calling the King nut but here are the torque specs for your front end.
Steering Gear-To-Cradle Bolt...........135 ft pnds Steering Gear-To-Crossmember Bolt (Dakota 2 WD)..........190 ft pnds Suspension Cradle Plate To-Cradle Attaching Bolt..............123 ft pnds Tie Rod End-To-Steering Knuckle Nut Dakota (2WD) .............65 ft pnds Tie Rod Lock Nut.....................55 ft pnds
Everyone always gravitates to the suspension but folks, it's 99% sure that it is the EVO. The EVO is the sensor built into the steering column that senses movement of the steering wheel then controls the power steering pump accordingly. When it goes out (which is all too frequently) you get sloppy and loose steering at lower speeds and it does tighten up a bit on the highway at higher speeds. This is the way it is supposed to work but when it fails it's downright scary trying to keep the truck straight on a narrow two lane road!