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95 F350 has loose steering of about4 inches left or right. Front end in good shape. Can you help? Can I adjust excess play or does it need new parts in gear box? Charles

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  • eaglemktg Nov 18, 2010

    Is this a part that I can replace ? Are special tools needed? Can steering be adjusted prior to replacement of new part? Thank You, Charles

  • eaglemktg Nov 18, 2010

    I called NAPA for part and price and they could not find part listed? Help Thanks, Charles



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What the manufacture recommends see below

If shimmy/Loose Steering has been experienced, replace the steering gear sector shaft with Repair Kit (F6AZ-3575-AA)

Be more cost effective to buy the part from Napa and install , you will have a warranty and a new part ...
Hope this helps

Posted on Nov 15, 2010

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    Dak408 Nov 18, 2010

    if you buy the gear assembly you can do it and just get a alignment but the other route with parts its best to let the professionals handle it..
    Make sure to torque everything to manufacture specs if you do do it .

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    Dak408 Nov 23, 2010

    napa part number for steering box is 88-278067 cost 120.00 and there is a core charge of a 100.00 also



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