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Old 06-29-2004, 12:58   #1 (permalink)
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Steering, E150 van

Just bought this 1990 Club Wagon and the steering has the vagueness I'd read about with the I-beam suspension system. It's not wandering savagely or anything, but could be better.

Is there any way of at least taking out the freeplay that is felt at the steering wheel? Can someone give me a general run-down on the most common repairs/modifications to address this issue?

The van has power steering if that makes any difference.

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Re: Steering, E150 van

You're right about the I-Beam suspensions. The bushings do tend to wear out and things get a bit sloppy. The steering box can also cause the slight wandering if it's out of adjustment or on its way out. I personally have adjusted the steering box on my Bronco twice in the past 80,000 miles and it has taken care of the problem. I would start by having a friend turn the wheel back and forth (engine off and e-brake on) while you visually inspect the moving parts for any obvious issues. You should be able to track down any major problems this way.

It could also be that the entire steering system is just showing its age. All moving parts wear and their slop will add up to give you a lot of total "play."
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