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  1. Got a brand, part number? Napa said the kit I got from them was the only listing for my vehicle.
  2. On my previous thread, I listed various issues I was having with my steering system. Fast forward, now I have replaced all my components on the system. New ball joints, warrantied out the steering linkages. Replaced the steering box, not a red head though. I even have a steering box brace on order to just give it that much more help in ensuring it'll stay together longer. The last thing I have to tackle is my control arms. I started yesterday with the lower. Took one off and it was a BEAR! The caster cam bolt was seized and had to use a sawzall to cut it out. Then the hunt for replacements started. Sure wish I would have just ordered some sooner! I ended up getting a kit from napa, but it was the wrong size?! The cam and bolt were too big. Not having much luck finding a kit. Has anyone had to replace them before? I ordered a set from rock auto, but it does not say anything about the size and maybe a specific application. Im concerned it won't be the right one. The more and more I think about this, I'm almost wishing I would have just done aftermarket arms with adjustable heims.
  3. I went ahead and ordered new control arms. Didn't do the replacement bushings as I read that they can be a real pita. Going to warranty out my moog steering components also. After these two things, the only thing left will be the steering box. My sway bar end links could use replacement also, but not sure if this really makes a difference in what im experiencing.
  4. So it's just re meshing the teeth into a less worn out spot?
  5. A new ignition switch and lock cylinder was the fix. What a night and day difference it made. Keys are sharp!
  6. I tried the center steer adjustment yesterday. I tightened it up quite a bit. The Allen, head, that is. But the slop hasn't disappeared. I turned it about a full turn. Didn't want to go much more as I don't know what to expect. It didn't remove any steering wheel slop. When I move the steering wheel, it starts in the input to the steering box. Does anyone think this should be fixed through the pre load adjustment entailed in the TSB? Im starting to think it's stemming from a bad box? I guess this thread is evolving into more than one issue...
  7. http://dodgeram.info/tsb/1997/05-03-97/05-03-97_p27.htm It was onn the truck when I got it. So I have no idea. I tried to Google it but didn't come up with anything. Take the wheel off, goes on the hub face where the wheel mounts to. I dunno who carried them in order to facilitate this. I'll try and dig more.
  8. So I had an interesting development occur recently. In the TSB outlined for the center steer adjustment, another TSB was mentioned. In the following TSB it was an exhaustive process to cover aspects of steering issues. 27 pages worth actually! While I brushed off several of the things listed, I will still consider them if necessary. But one of the things, which was toward the end of the article, caught my attention. Once I read it through, I had a very vivid flashback of something I did several years ago. On the front passenger side, there was a 3.5mm shim on the hub. I never thought about it much and thought maybe somebody put it there for something relating to the wheel. Lo and behold, I found the shim as I never threw it out. I stuck the shim back on and took it for a drive. Maybe im experiencing a placebo effect, but on that drive, it was amazing. Night and day! Im still not going to hold my breath, but hopefully it's a step in the right direction. Im still going to adjust the center steer and see what that does...
  9. Seems like everytime I try and give this truck any love or attention she gets all crazy on me. We make up eventually and it can get wild, but sometimes she loses her stuff. Oh wait, we're talking about trucks? So I was trying to continue to work on it, performing the center steering adjustment, when the key would no longer turn, in the ignition! I feel like I've tried everything to get the dang thing to turn but it just doesn't seem to want to happen. I took the ignition switch assembly off the column and tried to work on it that way. Still, to no avail, I cant get the key to turn. With a little more research, I tried to get the lock cylinder out. But it appears the only way to do that is to get the key to turn! Mainly, im trying to accomplish getting the lock cylinder out of the ignition switch so I can maybe preserve the ignition switch. I put both, the ignition switch and lock cylinder on order from rock auto, since I have no idea if I'll ever get the two separated. Anyone have any tricks on how to maybe get the cylinder to turn or separated from the ignition switch? I put the key in a vice and tried turning it that way and was worried i was going to break it in the cylinder. Ive tried using various sprays and beating the key into the cylinder with a hammer. Ive tried an article on wiki to get a little more abstract. Im not a locksmith by any means so im probably missing something...
  10. Drove the truck some more. Not satisfied with the way it handles. Felt like the steering was even looser. Going down the road, it wants to wander and follow any groove in the road and takes quite a bit of input in the steering wheel to correct it. I can saw the wheel back and forth down the road and feel when the tires respond. The steering wheel has about an 1/8th of turn of play for this. Beyond this, when driving, it comes out to the equivalent of turning the wheel by 1/4 when it wants to wander and follow something. Im going to try the steering box center adjustment as ive never done that before and the symptoms listed in the TSB seem to align with what I have. Im thinking about taking the truck in for an alignment to see if i need to get something put back into spec. Ive still gotta check the trailing arms and bushings to make sure they're good. Been reading up on the caster adjustment and curious to see what the alignment shop says it's at.
  11. Finally got the ball joints done. Bought a harbor freight press kit. I essentially broke it with the first joint. It was still somewhat functional, but had to macgyver it greatly to get it to keep working. First side took me forever to do. Learning curve was steep. My spindles are similar to the early 2nd gens. Then getting the right configuration with limited parts, etc. What a fiasco... sometimes I wonder why I still do this stuff. Second side took me virtually no time st all to get done. Hate the old style hub and axle setup... Anyways, old ball joints were definitely worn out. Im gonna have to do this as s process of elimination. I'll drive the truck and see how the ball joints affected the truck and then go from there.
  12. I'll check the control arms and track bar. Track bar got replaced a couple years ago. Unfortunately, I'm one of those guys in a rock and hard space. Would love to spend big money bombing my truck. But that adulting part doesn't allow me... so I have to go with my best judgement and meet somewhere in the middle. Wheel bearings and hubs are good. Replaced bearings a few years ago or less. Replacing ball joints for a few reasons. One, to know it's been finally done. Two rule it out as a symptom, three, approx 265k miles of wear and tear on them. They show it. What is this over center adjustment? I'd the only result just a tightening of the internals? Never heard of this. What's blue top? I'll try and get a quick video of the box if I can.
  13. With my recent frequent usage of driving the truck, the frequency of times the pump not priming or not running has practically diminished to nothing. I have yet to encounter a time now, recently where it has not primed or ran. I. Just. Don't. Get. It. 🙄
  14. After I got my lift pump situation figured out, I started driving the truck to work more since my road was in the middle of mud season. Upon driving it more regularly, I noticed something that concerned me, ALLOT. The condition is created mostly when I go around corners. When I apply the brakes, I notice something strange also, but not sure if the two are related. Upon rounding a curve, if I go a little fast, enough to feel it in the seat of my pants, so to speak, it feels like all the sudden I hit ice. It's a warm sunny day, no ice. But all of the sudden it's like I lose some steering as if I hit ice. I end up correcting about 1/8th to 1/4 turn to stay on course. Scares the crap out of me. I do not get this condition if I'm going slow. I haven't tested low speed sharp turns either. I do get road wander. Steering wheel has about 1/8th turn slop. I have replaced the front steering components with moog. Upon braking, the truck will want to pull one direction or the other. Enough that sometimes when I let off the brake, I've overcorrected too much. Ive dumped quite a bit into the truck to keep it in road worthy condition. But something new has developed and I have refused to let anyone else drive it. Enough to the point ive taken it off the road until I fix the problem. Upon these findings, I have considered that it was my ball joints. They're still OEM and ive never been able to get grease to them. The zeros were seized up and the ball joints hardened with old grease. As we speak, the truck sits in the driveway in process of ball joint replacements with new moogs. Before I started tear down, I forgot to check things using the tires. I'll do that after reassembly though. Other findings show that the steering components look tight with no slop using the steering wheel shimmy method. Something that I did note is that at the pitman arm shaft on the steering box. It looks like it may be leaking. It also looked like the shaft in the steering box had some slop in it. Would there be a way to fix this or do I have to replace the box? In summary, I know the ball joints need done. But im not 100 percent sure my symptoms match just the ball joints or if I have a synergistic problem with them and possibly the steering box? Or is everything pointing to the box and this is not symptomatic of bad ball joints? ... sure hate chasing my tail!
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