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My f150 2008 just developed a steering issue. It has become hard to turn to the left after the wheel makes a quarte of turn. Steering is normal up to that point. It is a little hard to the right but a lot less that the left. What could be the issue? I need a starting point to investigate.

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The original ball joints are not greaseable, but generally not a problem. Underscore generally. Upper balls do not carry the load, the lowers do.
Chinese ball joints normally do not have enough clearance and tend to stick, all of the time. Having a quarter turn of free movement confuses this problem. If the steering coupler is bad, you would have movement, without binding, for a bit. However, the wheels would not respond immediately. Are the wheels responding immediately to the movement of the steering wheel? BTW: you can free sticky lower OEM ball joints by lifting the wheels at the lower control arms, turn all of the way to one side and spray with WD40. Turn to the opposite directing and do the same. While you are at it, check the BJ's for wear.

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More than likely the steering knuckle on the steering shaft is corroded. I had this happen to my 2004 F150 it wasn't driven for 3 months.

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