Re: 2000 F150 new owener questions
The steering wheel was probably removed to replace a clock spring. Or, steering linkage under the hood going into the steering box was replaced, and not aligned correctly. An alignment shop will only set the tires to where they should be, they won't set the tires in relation to the direction your steering wheel is pointed. With 300K it's a good idea to get an alignment for better piece of mind.
With 300K, it'd be wise to get the rear axle fluid changed and perhaps the transmission fluid. If it doesn't smell burnt and it's still a fairly transparent colour it should be OK, but get the mechanic to verify if you're unsure. A standard tune up procedure with new plugs can't hurt either if you plan to tow with it.
As for the shimmy, ask the mech to have a look at the driveshaft, as it might be out of balance causing the shimmy you feel. If it's felt more through the steering wheel instead of through your seat, then the whole front end should be inspected.
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