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Had a steering box installed in my 2000 f150 truck and now it weaves from side to side a little, will a front end alignment correct this problem.

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It shouldnt affect the alignment to replace a gear box,since the pitman arm can only go on 1 way only,if you put on a used box,then how much travel left to right does it have sitting still without the tires turning ?The steering wheel should only move a few inches before the tires actually move.Check the idler arm which is located towards the passenger side and connects the drag link to the frame,its about a $75.00 -$100.00 part for a heavy duty front end

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