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Old 02-18-2017
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My '02 2500 has a lot of slop in the steering. No death wobble, replaced ball joints, tried to adjust the steering box, but not a lot of luck. Also I get a grinding sound when I turn just to the left. Everything is still good, just got to saw the wheel a lot. Probably need to replace the steering box, but any ideas to the grinding or squealing sound when turning left?
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Tell us about what you are driving and mods if any have been done to the truck. Slop in the steering box is where your see-saw most likely is, they don't last forever and adjusting the preload on the box won't fix wear. If it has happened to a Dodge truck....someone here has seen it at least twice.
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A worn out track bar can give you slop in the steering.
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The Moog ball joints I put on my 99 screeeech something fierce if not greased regularly, like every oil change.
Yeah, they're that tight!
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My '02 2500 has a lot of slop in the steering. No death wobble, replaced ball joints, tried to adjust the steering box, but not a lot of luck. Also I get a grinding sound when I turn just to the left. Everything is still good, just got to saw the wheel a lot. Probably need to replace the steering box, but any ideas to the grinding or squealing sound when turning left?
Gearbox sector shaft is worn out. Adjusting preload nut does nothing. Don't know how people get that info.

Solution is to buy a Red Head Steering box.
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Hub Bearing?
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thanks for the info. I'll order a steering box.
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crawled around under there a bit this afternoon. Track bar looks pretty bad, along with the tie rod ends. Guess it's time to go through it
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The track bar on my '06 was a little loose, rebushed it for less than 17 bones. Made a difference.
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