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Old 09-06-2015, 04:22 AM   #1
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Does this look normal?

This is hanging from the bottom of my coach, I don't remember ever seeing the silver part, but was told the red is part of my steering? The other night while parking I turned left and heard a pop like I rode over a bottle, don't know if there is a correlation but don't think this looks right. Can anyone tell me if there is a problem, and if so what? thank you.
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Old 09-06-2015, 05:53 AM   #2
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It's a shock absorber for sure and it's not your suspension shock because I can see a Bilstein shock for your suspension on the upper right side of the first picture. Not likely you'd have one yellow and blue shock and one red shock. If you heard a pop on a turn then it's probably a steering dampener shock that popped off. It looks like it is well used and no good anyway. You didn't list the year or kind of coach but I'll bet it's the original.

It looks like one side broke off. I can't tell from the pictures exactly where it's located or if the other side is still attached. I know where it should be mounted and it does not look like it's where it's supposed to be. Just grab it and see what's up and/or just take it off.

It's not that big of a deal. Most likely is hasn't worked for some time so I doubt you'd even miss not having one on. That one for sure isn't working and you only have one steering dampener shock. I'm not saying that you don't need one so get one put back on. I paid $100 just for the shock and did a DIY steering dampener.

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Old 09-06-2015, 06:06 AM   #3
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It looks like a steering stabilizer. The bracket that holds the one end looks like it may have broken or come loose allowing that end to hang down.
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It looks like a Saf-t-Plus - here's a link for your to investigate more Model #41-140 | Safe-T-Plus - The Steering Control Specialists
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Old 09-06-2015, 02:28 PM   #5
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+1 on the SafeTPlus. That is a steering stabilizer and the silver part is just the piston that goes in and out as you turn. From your photo it looks like it is still attached to the tie rod clamp. However, it should not be hanging down that far below the axle. It looks like it should be mounted on top of the clamp plate attached to the tie rod, not underneath it. It should be mounted more level with the axle. That could put it in a bind causing the pop you heard.
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My research suggested it was probably a steering stabilizer (dampener) as well. Vids I watched called the shaking this causes a "death wobble". Is this a dire situation? Am I at risk if I drive it like this? Can the pistin be pushed back in?? I wonder how in the heck that happened.
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And I don't know why those pics transported upside down. sorry.
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oops again. my rig is a 1994 southwind, gas, ford engine.
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Just about any shop with competent technicians can look at this find your problem and fix it. This is not something that is just for RV's and it matters not how old it is. Steering dampeners have been around for a long time and used on many, many vehicles.

The term, "Death Wobble" is a concern but it's not gloom and doom either. DW is something that happens when a front end has a lot of worn parts. Then when traveling down the road an out of balance tire or hitting a road rut combined with worn parts the front wheels begin to oscillate back and forth, back and forth. Take your foot off the gas, allow the vehicle to slow down and gently brake.

Because of the age of your rig the steering and suspension should be gone over by a truck shop that knows what they are doing. Ask for an evaluation and to be shown what parts are worn and how they know they are worn.

Do yourself a favor and do some research on your aged rig. Having even a basic understanding about this stuff helps when asking questions and if they are showing you what's wrong. Don't just accept what they say as gospel. If they give you an estimate of say $800 tell them you'll get another opinion before deciding. Ask for some references. Talk to some others who have had work done at the shop in question.

Find out the type of suspension and how it works. It's really not that difficult to understand. If you have any questions just PM me and I'll send you my phone number and we can talk.

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Thank you everyone for such wonderful advice. I forget that my rv is a truck Chassis and can be serviced as such. Based on that reminder, and my own experience with specialty RV repair Shop$ I think it the best idea ever to treat my rig as the Ford that it is. Certainly gives me more options as well as a sense of having control over the procedure, especially given that I can research and compare. Thank you all again!
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It definitely looks very worn out... If it were mine, I would replace it. Not that expensive and not difficult to replace.


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Here a couple of pics of my steering stabilizer and the brackets that it is fastened to. My MH is a Ford F53 1997 chassis, they may be the same?
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