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Truck tends to have a lot of slop in the steering, must continually move the steering wheel back a forth (seesawing) to maintain the vehicle in it's lane.

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Depending on the year, there is an adjustment on the steering gearbox to take the slack out of it. kind of job which needs a trained person with proper tools. you may find that if the vehicle is so old that the steering gearbox is shot, there could be a lot of slop in the tie rod ends and ball joints. Also used to be a steering arm "mirror" unit called an idler, i think, on rear wheel drive vehicles, which sits on the opposite side of the car and keeps the tie rod connector parallel with the line defined by the front axles. If you have one and it is bad could cause your problem.

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