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Old 05-18-2016, 01:13 PM   #1
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Excess play in E 350 steering.

The 2012 24V we bought has 14,000 miles on it. It has a lot of play in the steering wheel. Is this a known problem with this chassis?

Chassis mf date is 2011. It wanders when driving it and we hitched up the car and it was really bad. Probably lightened the front end a little.

I imagine it will need a steer safe .

We are going to have it checked.

Anyone had this problem. Thx
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Old 05-18-2016, 05:49 PM   #2
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First what is your front tire pressure? Out Chateau 23 U air in front is 65 psi, rear is 80 psi. look at the tread pattern on the front tires. that will indicate a wear.
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I agree with the other commenter that this is likely a tire pressure issue. We have a 22 foot motorhome on the Ford E350 chassis and we run 50 psi in the front and 70 PSI in the rear. It is a very nice handling vehicle at those tire pressures.
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I think the pressure is high at 65, that is at max load, tires are 2014 Michelins. DH seems to forget we have weighed all our other units. I'm going to leave some air out but still think that won't solve the problem. I'm going to weigh it first chance I get. This unit has a LOT of play, going to weigh, check the charts and then probably end up at a garage. Thanks
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Old 05-19-2016, 12:15 PM   #5
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Too little front end +caster will manifest itself as "loose steering" and wandering at highway speeds. It would appear Ford ships these units with a caster of about +3.5 which is OK for city driving but +5.5 degrees or more is better for highway driving.
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Harvard, Thx I have an appointment with a good alignment shop.
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