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I am going in for the H36, Drag Link recall in a few hours and had a couple questions about it. First off, will they give me a hard time about my lift? Secondly, what exactly do they replace? From what I understand, they replace the drag link end that connects to the pitman arm and the steering stabilizer bracket that connects to the tie rod tube?? Also it looks as if the pinion seal on the rear end is leaking so I was going to have them look at that as well. Anyone else have this problem?
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I have had problems with steering since the recall. They have aligned my truck twice and replaced a tie rod end and my truck still has wandering when going down the interstate. It never had this until the recall was done. I wish I could get someone to fix it. It drives me nuts makes me feel like a drunk driver going down the interstate.
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I have had problems with steering since the recall. They have aligned my truck twice and replaced a tie rod end and my truck still has wandering when going down the interstate. It never had this until the recall was done. I wish I could get someone to fix it. It drives me nuts makes me feel like a drunk driver going down the interstate.
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Mine drives like that right now but I think it has something to do with the lift and 37's...
 

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Yea I can understand that, but mine has no lift with stock tires. It drives like crap.
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Dui

I have had problems with steering since the recall. They have aligned my truck twice and replaced a tie rod end and my truck still has wandering when going down the interstate. It never had this until the recall was done. I wish I could get someone to fix it. It drives me nuts makes me feel like a drunk driver going down the interstate.
Andy
Try going in a large open parking lot to see what happens when you turn sharp and then let go of the steering wheel. Th wheel should start to return to center as soon as you let go of it. If not I think you have a bad steering gear, i would request a alignment sheet form when the recall was done just to see if the alignment is done correctly. usually get it under warranty under 12mo and 12k miles. You say it makes you think your drunk driving. That is exactly what 99% of customer complaints are when the steering gear is bad. Like you just cant hold center in the road probably.
 

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It clocks back to normal perfectly everytime. The dealer has aligned it more than once and it is holding the correct alignment. Correct Caster, Camber, and Toe. I am replacing my stock steering stabilizer today and adding a BD steering stabilizer soon.
 

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Andy, DenverDodgeDealer may be on the right track with the steering box as the root cause. He's right about the usual customer description. You don't necessarily have to have the steering returnability issue to have the same wander issue. I know you're a technical person and sensitive to changes in your rig. There is an outside possibility that the box got tweaked in the recall if the tech used a bit too much persuation with the "persuader" BFH. Instead of using a tie rod end remover (clamp with a load screw). Especially after our discussion about the tech and the tire wear issue after the recall.

Just for the record an update on that issue. Since we chatted last time, the H36 recall has had a revision which includes an inspection of the damper bracket/left tie rod end orientation, if offset then needs adjustment and possibly a readjustment of the toe in setting. This update did not exist at the time of out previous discussion. I just wanted to add that because it could cast doubt on my responses then to now(which would have been different if that procedure was out there at the time).

The other thing that comes to mind. There is some research and improvement ongoing as to some vehicles having wander which improves with a newer version of the lower steering coupler, they look the same but some say it makes a difference in excessive steering corrections, others say no difference. Engineering doesn't let us in on what they are doing.

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Andy, DenverDodgeDealer may be on the right track with the steering box as the root cause. He's right about the usual customer description. You don't necessarily have to have the steering returnability issue to have the same wander issue. I know you're a technical person and sensitive to changes in your rig. There is an outside possibility that the box got tweaked in the recall if the tech used a bit too much persuation with the "persuader" BFH. Instead of using a tie rod end remover (clamp with a load screw). Especially after our discussion about the tech and the tire wear issue after the recall.

Just for the record an update on that issue. Since we chatted last time, the H36 recall has had a revision which includes an inspection of the damper bracket/left tie rod end orientation, if offset then needs adjustment and possibly a readjustment of the toe in setting. This update did not exist at the time of out previous discussion. I just wanted to add that because it could cast doubt on my responses then to now(which would have been different if that procedure was out there at the time).

The other thing that comes to mind. There is some research and improvement ongoing as to some vehicles having wander which improves with a newer version of the lower steering coupler, they look the same but some say it makes a difference in excessive steering corrections, others say no difference. Engineering doesn't let us in on what they are doing.

Have a great day

Charlie
Thanks charlie,
I replaced my steering shock this morning and it made a world of difference in the issue. I don't know why but my truck is driving like it did the day I bought it.
I will keep an eye on it and make sure it stays in check.
Andy
 
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