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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-15-11, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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70 F 250 Steering

My 70 F250 has two steering problems, and I would appreciate help in finding the problem and solution. First problem is that when I turn the steering wheel one direction or the other, it seems to continue turning a little sharper even when I stop turning the wheel. The second problem is that the steering does not want to return to center when the turn is complete. Thanks for any suggestions.
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They were a solid built suspension that lasts a loooong time but they were hard to set the alignment. Have you had the alignment checked? How about any loose parts?

I worked at an alignment shop that had some kits that we put in to give them more caster. This is what we used. Northstar Manufacturing :: The lower part of the radius arm had to be drilled larger nad this part was installed. The it could be turned for more caster.

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Re: 70 F 250 Steering

it may also be your steering box if they are not adjusted right they can do the same.


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The pitman shaft tends to wear on them and cause looseness in the steering.

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Thanks for the suggestions. All parts of the steering have been replaced from the end of the steering column on -- including the gear box, and it was aligned. The previous owner who installed the gear box didn't know how to adjust it. Can anyone tell me how adjust the gear box on this? I know where the adjustment stuff is, but I don't have a clue on whether I should tighten or loosen it. Don't know how to tell when it is right either.
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Whoever rebuilt the gearbox would adjust it too. Raise the front and with the engine off, try to turn the wheels back and forth, They should turn fairly easy. If it's hard to turn, disconnect the linkages to see if you find which one is tight. If all is okay, that should rule out that portion. Caster is what brings the wheel back to center. That link I posted helps to be able to add caster to the alignment. There realy isn't a way to set the caster on the older systems otherwise.

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