2004 ford explorer xlt wanders on the freeway

Asked by Aug 15, 2012 at 01:14 PM about the 2004 Ford Explorer XLT V6 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just bought a 2004 Ford Explorer XLT. I love the truck. When I get on the freeway past 55 mph it feels like my front
end is all over the place. Steering at higher speeds feels like I could loose control of the vehicle. I had it towed to the
dealership yesterday and after two different service men looked at it and drove it, they state that they can't find any
problem. Maybe this truck is out of my league?

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Not out of your league, something must be loose or you need an alignment. I would first check to see if your lug nuts are torqued down correctly. Inspect the front suspension for anything loose or worn. Tie Rod ends, ball joints , struts/shocks, Sway bar bushings, etc. How do your tires look? Even wear, old?

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Also inspect the steering rack, and balance of tires.

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steering linkage or shaft theres a u joint that can wear out

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Steering shaft or power steering rack. Likely a combination of the two. Save yourself the trouble and purchase a new rack, not a refurb... the refurbs generally have play in them._________If you are handy purchase a steering shaft from a '96 and modify it to fit. They are built better (steel) and have bigger joints. http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php? t=169840

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Thanks for the info. Helpful.

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are there any clunking noises? also check the Control Arms.

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