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Old 10-20-2010, 02:14 AM
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I just bought a 2001 Ram Sport from a good friend who has owned it since new. It has never been in a crash, has been well cared for, never off roaded (so far) and always garaged.

When I drive straight I have to hold the steering wheel at about the 11 oclock mark to keep in a straight line. when i sraighten out the steering wheel level the truck drifts to the right. i had this same problem in a 99 Yukon and thought it was an alignment problem, but when I had it looked at I was told that it could not be corrected.

In my opinion, i would think it would have something to do with the alignment, tie rods, worn steering stem.....???? anyone that has encountered this same issue or knows why this happens, could you lend me some advice.

truck has 130,00 on it but acts like it only has 50,000... i really lucked out on this truck and want to do some upgrades (lift, wheels / tires.. the basics) and i like my machines in top condition, so any help would be appreciated.. thanks to all in advance!!!
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Old 10-20-2010, 02:18 AM
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also while i got your ears.... any Ram specific sites i should be checkin out??? this is my first ram (always wanted one) and first 4wd build... so any good offroad sites / companies and/or Ram specific sites anyone would recommend, ill check em out.. thanks
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Is there play in the steering? Like you said it drifts to the right so im assuming theres a bit of play. If there is, its possible its a worn steering gear or link
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If the steering and suspension components are ok, then you just need a steer ahead adjustment. Assuming it's a 4x4, you can make this adjustment with the sleeve coming from the gearbox to the steering knuckle.
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I have some play in my 98 trucks steering. I saw an article in a 4x4 mag recently about replacement gear boxes. Some after market company is making them because (according to the article) the rebuilt ones don't address the problem. Looks like they sell for about $400....
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It really depends on who rebuilds the box. Granted they aren't great to begin with IMO. Don't forget to check your ball joints, tie rod ends and track bar for excessive play.
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there is no play in the steering. just have keep the wheel turned little to left to keep the truck straight. thanks for the advice, i plan to take it in and have everything in the front end looked at during inspection and replace anything worn, just to be safe... also ask about the steering ahead adjustment.. thanks again
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One other thing to make sure is in good repair, which has proven to be a weak link in this gen truck, is the trackbar.
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