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To much play in 1999 dodge Ram 1500 steering wheel, how can I fix

You can turn the steering wheel almost 1/2 way before you move the tires.

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  • chryslerguy May 11, 2010

    Have the front end checked out, it could be bad ball joints or a tie rod end worn.

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    playing in the steering wheel is about 2 inches

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Sounds like worn out steering parts.
Jack up the front end of the truck. Move each front tire side to side and look at the steering linkages.
Normally, when you turn the tire on one side, the tire on the othe side should move at the same time.
It's the best way to find out what steering components are worn out.

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Most likely a Pitman arm needing replaced. I had the same problem a couple of months ago.

Posted on Jun 02, 2009

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