Note: This is a general guide and may not apply to your vehicle.
How to Check for Loose Steering System Parts
for the 2005 Ford F-150 XLT 8 Cyl 5.4L change
Always wear safety glasses when working on your vehicle. Wear other personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary, for example latex gloves or closed toe shoes.
Secure your vehicle on a level surface, making sure your vehicle will not roll or lean when jacked up.
Using a floor jack, lift up the front of your vehicle.
Secure the vehicle with jack stands on both sides for safety before starting any work. The pinch welds or the frame rails are the two best locations. Do not rely on the jack alone to hold the vehicle up while working.
With an assistant wiggling the steering wheel right to left, inspect the steering column, steering box, steering rack and all linkage for looseness.
Inspect the outer tie rod ends for excessive play at the connection to the steering knuckle.
If any of the steering system components has looseness or free play beyond the manufacturer's specifications, that component must be replaced.
Replace the necessary steering system component and take it to certified technician for proper alignment.
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