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Ron, ASE Certified Technician
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Experience:  23 years with Ford specializing in drivability and electrical and AC. Ford certs and ASE Certs
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Steering Issue - 2010 Ford E150 Van 110K miles. Carfax say

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Steering Issue - 2010 Ford E150 Van 110K miles. Carfax say ball joints were replaced before we bought it. Looks like it was originally sold in May of 2010, which is outside dates for TSB on steering. It's tough to say exactly what's wrong, but it is difficult to drive. You correct one way and it keeps going that way. Then you correct the other way and it keeps going that way. Makes it difficult to drive with wind, and my wife has trouble keeping it straight on the road. Our alignment shop called it "memory steer." They greased the ball joints which seemed to help, but did not solve the problem. We have only had the van a few months, and have never had a vehicle with steering like this- including many rental trucks. Any suggestions?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Ron replied 1 year ago.

Hello and thank you for your question,

One common cause for the type of problem you are having can be caused by the replacement ball joints being over tightened when they where replace and when this happens it will give you pointy steering or what they are calling memory steering. If greasing the ball joint seam to help then that is very likely what you have going on here. The upper ball joint calls for 76 ft LBS of torque and the lower joint calls for 111 ft LBS . of torque. If there over tight they will cause the type of steering your getting. Have your front end shop check the torque on them as well as the tie rods , the tie rods call for 76 ft LBS as well.