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Steering wheel and tire issue

Ford F250 4WD. Wheels will start to veer to different sides, with a catch, and the steering wheel has great difficulty keeping them under control. A loud pop, while stopped and turning tires left to right repeatedly, fixes it for a short time but quickly returns within the following day or two. Recently replaced ball joints and tires and still having the problem. Sometimes the resulting shaking can be so bad that we literally have to pull over because the front end shakes and shimmies violently. When the issue is not present the truck runs fine. Does anyone have any ideas of what this could be?

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Have a front end suspension check done to eliminate any worm ball joints -shockies- worn suspension rubbers-- steering problems. If ok have a wheel alignment done and have the rear end aligned first as it affects the front alignment. The violent wobble is castor wobble and indicates negative castor possible from sagging suspension springs. The camber is out at that results in the car following every dip in the road. The camber has to work in conjunction with the toe-in measurement and if the 2 are not correct then you will have problems.

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    There is a steerin shocky attached to the tie rod and chassis which is used to dampen out the effects of the u-joints in the king pin housing.( Big ball housing on the end of the diff housing). Have it checked for operation as if it is soft then the effects are not being dampered out and will multiply up to what you have.


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The steering wheel is something which sometimes shakes at high speeds around 70 miles per hour. It does not happens all the time but, Some time when the one is driving at 70, I will not possess any shakes. some day it shakes badly at the same speed. So, its not continuous it merely depends upon the state of the Wheel.

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Have the brake discs checked, as they may need to be machined or replaced.Also have them check the idler arm and tie rod ends.

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replace the idler arm that connects the steering linkage to the frame on the passengers side,heavy duty part is about$90.00

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SOURCE: Under 40mph rides ok. but

how about your tires ? they might have a broken belt in them .... hope this helps

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I have a lot of "play" in my steering. Driving on a straight road, I can move the steering wheel almost a quarter turn to the left or right. It was like that when I purchased it. How do I fix that?

First thing to check is the Tie Rod ends.
- Jack up the vehicle so the front tire is off the ground and grab the tire at 9:00 o'clock and 3:00 o'clock. Shake the tire. If you have excessive play in the tire side to side, stop driving it.
After that, check the Drag Link and Idler Arm.
- Have an assistant sit in the driver's seat and move the steering wheel side to side. You follow the steering components under the front end to see if there is any sloppy movement at the ends of the steering connection links.
If any of these components have excessive wear, it takes more steering wheel movement to turn the wheels.

If all of that checks out, I would look at the steering gear box.

You should take the vehicle to an alignment shop and be prepared to spend some money. They can inspect the vehicle, tell you what is wrong and give you an estimate for needed repairs. You definitely want get an alignment after all of that.

Also, look at the tires on the front axle. Are they worn on the outside / inside more than any where else? This is a sign of a toe in problem / toe out problem.
Are the front tires cupped? BAD SHOCKS
If your vehicle is equipped with a sway bar, those bushings should be replaced too.

Sounds like you are getting ready to put a lot of money into the front end of this vehicle.

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What is alignment?
Alignment refers to the way your car's wheels are positioned. Your wheels should be parallel and facing forward.

How does alignment affect my vehicle?
When your wheels are properly aligned, you'll get better gas mileage, your tires will last longer, steering will be easier, and your ride will be smoother and safer.

What could go wrong with my alignment?
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Several factors could contribute to a shift in alignment including old, worn-out components and poor road conditions, resulting in a few different problems including Camber, Toe and Caster, and if any of these problems develop, they will take a toll on your vehicle's tires, performance and manageability.

The wheels are tilted, either inward or outward. This will create pulling and tire wear.

A change in the distance between the front and back of the front or rear tires. This will wear on the tires, too.

A backward or forward tilt at the top of the wheel's spindle support arm. This will cause either loose or difficult steering.

If any of these problems develop, they will begin to take their toll on your car's tires and performance, as well as steering
How will I recognize a problem with my alignment?
Check your steering wheel when you're driving. Does it stay straight? Does it vibrate? When you are traveling along a straight road, does your vehicle pull to one side? Is your steering loose, or difficult to control? Have you noticed uneven tire wear?

Check your tires periodically using this chart. A number of different things can affect your tires - from alignment to suspension components to improper inflation of tires. If you recognize any of these symptoms, bring your car in for a free inspection.
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As a general rule, you should have your alignment and related components checked every 10,000 miles or once a year, and there are three types of alignment jobs with a good-better-best approach.

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yes, something has happened to cause this to happen, take it to an alignment shop and they will inspect it and let you know what is needed

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Do the tires have irregular wear? How much tread is on tires? You could try to rotate the tires if rear tires are in better condition. Or, jack up the front end and grab tire from top to bottom and check for play. Then check play side to side as well. If you have excessive endplay either way you have worn sterring components. If everything is tight I would bet its your tires. Hope this helps. Good luck.

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Hello, Sir is your 1997 Ford Expedition a 4X4? It sounds like the drag line and it's ball joints.
There is a bent heavy steel arm at the end of steering box. On the end of this pitman arm is the drag link and the drag link is hook to each front hub with a ball joint on each end and the pitman arm. This way when the steering wheel is turning both wheels in the front will follow each other.
If the ball joint are wore out on the drag link this will cause the front wheels to wobble.

Need to get the Ford Exp off the ground where the front wheels are free of a load. Now, just grab one of the front wheels and move it back and forth. There a good possiblity it rattle like marble in a car.
Also, check the upper and lower control arms that attached to each front hub. There are hugh ball joint in each control arm, upper and lower on each of the Ford Exp. Two per side four all together.
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Very good if there is a deer on your left! But not really good for normal driving... Generally you will get a pull if you either have a worn steering component such as a tie rod end, Or have bent something off-roading.. If you have just bought tires, you may have what's called directional steer which can sometimes happen with just the right combination of tires. In that case, just move the front tires to the rear and that will usually help. One other thing to check is this: Jack up the front of the vehicle so both wheels are off the ground and start the car. if the wheels turn to one side by themselves then there is a valving problem in the steering box... that needs to be replaced.

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