F250 Steering

Submitted: Tuesday, Aug 28, 2007 at 09:24
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I have a 2002 F250 that tends to wander in the steering, only really noticeable when not towing, I seem to remember being told by at least two F250 owners I met in caravan parks that the RHD Australian versions come with suspensions still set up for driving on the LH side of the road. Driving on the LH side means the road falls left to right opposed to right to left when driving in Aust. so in theory there is cause to beleive a change in suspension set up may be necessary. I was told a fix was available but unfortunately I didn't ask specific details or where it could be done assuming a Ford dealer would know all about it. How wrong, Ford don't seem to want to know anything about it. Can anyone shed any light on the subject and what is needed to fix the problem. I recently replaced tie rod ends that showed minor signs of wear after 100,000Km but this did nothing to fix the problem.Wheel alignment etc has all been checked in accordance with Ford specs.(although probably against data published for the US) and everything else in the front end checked for wear. No sign of any abnormal tyre wear either.
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Reply By: GoneTroppo - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2007 at 01:17

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2007 at 01:17
Went down the same track with my 2005.
Wandered all over the place from new.

There were soem issues with track rods and ford now have improved part available.
Main issue seems to be that you need a truck wheelalignment spcialist to do the work.

Other places (who do cars and 4wds) claim they can, but in reality don't.
IMO the LH side of the road thing is an urban myth.

BTW mine steers very well now. It's no Ferrari but pretty good for waht it is.

Hope this helps.
Chris
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Follow Up By: Crannys - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2007 at 05:45

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2007 at 05:45
Hi Chris,

Thanks for reply, what are "track rods"? are these the same as the tie rods I replaced or something else? If the same I assume I got the improved variety as they were only recently purchased from Ford.
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Kerry
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Reply By: Silver and Tinks - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2007 at 04:54

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2007 at 04:54
Hi Cranys

we took our 05 F250 direct to Narellan Truck Align for correction from new
with the Bilstein Shocks and the new bush.

The truck steers as well as our 100series.

The Bush and alignment was 190 dollars back then.

Scott
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Follow Up By: Crannys - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2007 at 05:38

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2007 at 05:38
Hi Scott,

Thanks for the info, can you tell me, where exactly does the bush go? and where Narellan Truck Align are located? don't know if I am likely to be anywhere near them soon. If so well and good but I am in Tasmania and if I am not going to be able to visit they may be prepared to provide the specs so I can have it done locally.

Kerry
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Reply By: The Boondockers - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2007 at 07:52

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2007 at 07:52
Is there a similar Truck Alignment business near the Gold Coast??
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Reply By: SuziTracker - Thursday, Aug 30, 2007 at 01:37

Thursday, Aug 30, 2007 at 01:37
If any one wants a Truck Alignment in Brisbane see Bob Gear Wheel Alignment and Mechanical Repairs.
53 Toombul road, Northgate, Ph 07 3266 4648.
I've had my truck (Isuzu 4X4) done there.

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Reply By: Quicksilver - Thursday, Aug 30, 2007 at 04:01

Thursday, Aug 30, 2007 at 04:01
Another option in Brisbane is Fotuna Engineering works at Rocklea Phone 07 3277 5699. I have had my F-350, Bronco & F-250 there for front end work. they have aligned quite a few F-250 front ends after Drag link repairs. Most of Fortuna's work is on Heavy vehicles I used to Have a semi doing interstate & they kept that in good condition also.
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