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1999 dodge ram 2500 4x4 front end drifts steering links between firewall and steering box moves a lot at joints is this normal?

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  • dodgeem Aug 01, 2008

    The steering wheel can be turned about 1 inch in either direction without any movement at the wheels. When driving the truck requires constant attention and adjustment to stay in lane.It doesn't pull to a direction it floats back and forth.

  • Anonymous Dec 02, 2008

    same problem

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Please describe what the front end is doing, if you mean pulling to one side with out any steering input then the problem is either you need an alignment or there are bent or worn parts, or tires that have a problem such as cord separation. Let me know the exact issue please.

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The track bar and bearings in the intermediate shaft are notorious for failure. I've replaced the track bar 3 times in less than that many years until I finally got a 'good' one. For the intermediate shaft (between rag joint and steering box) buy a competition redesigned one. You can find them on the net for about $167.00. Pricey...but worth it. Especially if you're running oversized or factory oversized tires.
Now, if I could just find out why my heater diverter door slams shut for no reason and freezes me out I'll be all set.

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Either that or replace the joints and be sure to lubricate them when recommended

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You need to have the play in the steering box repaired, that is most likely the cause of your problem.

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