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post #1 of 92 (permalink) Old 11-27-2014, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Steering play-FIXED!!!

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Steering is loose on center since 50,000km and getting worse (100,000km now) Getting into winter driving and sick of white knuckles

I went underneath to look for problem areas and the only issue I could see was a dead spot right at the box. Pitman arm wasn't moving immediately when steering wheel moved back and forth.

I figured bad steering box, ordered a Redhead and installed it and a brace last weekend. Still have the same issue. Now I'm wondering about the coupler on the box input shaft. Anybody replaced the lower steering shaft and had great improvement??? It seems like the double D design on the box would be more prone to getting loose than a splined shaft


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post #2 of 92 (permalink) Old 11-30-2014, 04:24 AM
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Did you take it in for the latest recall...replaced knuckles on mine for a recall 2 weeks ago and had the same issue. Its like brand new again. Just a thought.

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I haven't been notified of any recalls on my truck. Are you talking about the N49 campaign? According to the Ram website that's the only steering recall that could apply. Did they replace your balljoints?

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Look closely at the drag link. Had to replace mine @ 60,000 miles. Steering is much improved now.

Hope this helps.
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I just ran my VIN number on the Chrysler website and apparently my truck doesn't need the n49 recall. Has anybody been able to get them to do this recall even though your truck doesn't need it according to them?

I'm going to take a real close look at the drag link, it seems tight if you're off center with the steering wheel but its loose from side to side if that makes any sense
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I don't think they'd do the n49 recall without it actually being needed, as mine took a little over 10 months for them to get the parts to do it

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They said it was a Tie-Rod repair but it included lower balls joints from what the service guy told me. This was the third time I took it in for this recall...Dodge says they "may not" need to replace all but need to inspect. My dealer doesn't mess with the inspection and replaces the items regardless, or so it seems.Can always take it to them and ask...worse they can say is "No". Nothing to loose...

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Update!

I changed the drag link, still no better.

Finally got time to have the truck aligned, the guy said the alignment was perfect and front end wear was well within spec.

Clamped the input into steering box and still had major play at the steering wheel. Found the coupler at the firewall had major play. Fixed it with about 1/2" of rubber air hose and a hose clamp.

Good as new again.

I'd recommend anyone with steering issues look at this
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Play to one side

Play to the other side

Rubber hose inserted on pins

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is that just a screw in pin ?

does it help with the feel ?

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It seems like a pressed in dowel. I think the pin is a backup for an internal plastic or rubber piece that no longer functions on my truck. The steering feels really good now. Night and day difference from before

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