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Steering wheel is so loose, that I have to steer from side to side when driving.

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  • sprinksfamil Jan 08, 2009

    truck wanders and jerks from side to side while going down the road.acts like your driving down a rutted muddy road.

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This turned out to be to much toe in after changeing tie rod end. thanks for the input though, i will be mindful of your suggestion in future.

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Check you Chassis rail for cracks behind the steering box!

Posted on Jan 11, 2009

Does it have tilt wheal if soo their are four bolts in the knuckle that came loose comin problem

Posted on Jul 27, 2008

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This one hits home. They usually start honking the horn randomly as well. There are a ton of covers to remove under dash then you follow the steering shaft to 3 sets of bolts that bolt the shaft in to wings off the sides. Once you remove these bolts the steering column will pretty much fall on your head. Watch out for that. It hurts. There's going to be a few plugs to unplug from the harness and remove the small string that connects the shift indicator, watch out this one breaks easy. I would suggest disconnecting the negative battery cable before you start this process because you may shock yourself or accidently explode the airbag. Hope this helps, be careful and good luck! Oh by the way, let me know how this turns out for you. I'll be checking in from time to time.

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Bob, yes you can adjust the steering box with out problem.

Posted on Jun 01, 2009

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Disconnect negative battery cable(10mm).
Insert key and rotate steering wheel until one of the mounting bolts for the airbag are visible from the backside (7/32 or 5.5 mm).Unscrew and rotate 180 degrees until the other is visible.Pry airbag off with a small screwdriver (being very careful) release yellow connector and place airbag aside with leather or vinyl pointing up.
Use a 24mm socket and tighten to 37 ft.pounds.
Reverse procedure to re-install airbag.
Connect cable and remember the computer will have to relearn its settings so car may run different for a while..

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