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2005 steering is funky, it does not want to return to center

It tries to return to center but stops then when prodded to it will but...... well it acts like to old gm cars with the rack and pinion steering used too

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  • sticlmnan3 Feb 28, 2009

    I will try this I was also gonna try to check the gear or have someone look at the gear. As it seems to act up at different clock positions of the wheel. Thank You for the reply

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You might want to check with the dealer i have the same truck andI read online that there were a few steering issues with that model such as missing bolts on the steering column

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Try some lube on your intermediate shaft (the shaft between the steering column coming through the firewall and the rack). There's a couple u-joints on it that are prone to binding up. Get some good lube, like tri-flow, and spray the heck out of it. Turn the wheel a few times and spray it again.

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