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Old 09-22-2010, 05:41 PM   #1
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Would a drop pitman arm cause play in the steering wheel?

Hey guys it seems my front end is getting worse in the "loose steering dep.". Once i got my lift on 6 months ago i replaced my steering gear box aswell, and it did help with play in the wheel but it was still not tight, but definitly tolerable. Now my front end seems to be wondering all over the road, im constantly having to adjust while driving to not go in a ditch. What could this be, i have a DPA. Should i throw the stock one back on?

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Drop pitman arm is unnecessary when your lift is under 6" (or might be even higher than that)...I believe it causes bump steer. Not sure if this is the problem you're having... but putting the stock one back on should definitely help some.

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Dropped Pitman arms are the cause of a lot of problems, most notably bump steer. Unless you have an aftermarket dropped upper track bar mount, you should not have a dropped Pitman arm.

Reinstall the factory Pitman arm and see if that cures the problem. If it only helps but doesn't completely cure it, check and adjust your toe-in setting. Check and adjust your toe-in setting either way as a bad toe-in will cause wander too.
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Old 09-22-2010, 05:59 PM   #4
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Jerry i do have a track bar drop bracket, it came with my lift, could a tie-rod end be the problum?
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A tie-rod end could be the problem but try this to figure out if something is loose enough to cause a problem. With the tires on the ground, have a friend turn the steering wheel repeatedly back & forth while you watch the front-end components for unusual side-to-side movement. Ball joints have normal rotational play but they should not have any sideways play.

But don't forget to check & adjust your toe-in which can cause wander.
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Ok thanks, but so with the drop bracket is the DPA not the culprit?or is that still a possability?
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If the DPA isn't moving where it attaches to the steering box sector shaft or where the track bar attaches to it, the Pitman arm would not be the cause of your wandering steering. That you have a dropped upper track bar mount means that you should be running your dropped Pitman arm.

Do the steering thing I suggested above to check for unusual movement on the front-end.

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