Ford F-350 Drag Link
Symptoms of Defective Ford F-350 Drag Link
The drag link keeps your pickup truck's two front steering wheels in line. This part is usually situated and bolted to the tie rods, which are responsible for controlling each steering wheel's angle according to the direction your auto is travelling. Overtime, your drag link will show signs of defect, and you might even feel some wobbling when driving the Ford F-350. If you suspect your car's drag link to have already exceeded its service life, you'd better perform some troubleshooting. Listed below are just some of the common defects encountered with a Ford F-350 drag link and the reasons behind them.
Unusual vehicle wobbling
If you have noticed that your Ford F-350 wobbles when you are driving, then better prepare the jack and jack stands and inspect the drag link. The wobbling motion could be a result of a faulty drag link. Simply slide under the auto and inspect the drag link for any excessive play. Try to shake the part tightly and check for any signs of movement. If you find a hint of movement, then that may be the cause of your drag link defect.
Excessive play in the ball joints
Aside from the drag link being faulty, you might also find the ball joints on either side to be defective. You can inspect if the joints are intact by checking the rubber dust seal boots' condition. These parts should be tight and in good condition, meaning there are no clues of wearing or cracking. Like the drag link, you can shake the parts to observe signs of play.
Loss of steering control
Probably the most dangerous sign of a defective drag link is loss of steering control. Once you find this symptom on your auto, it is best to find a replacement first before driving again. To troubleshoot, you should check the drag link if it's already separated from the ball socket. If this is the case, then there is a high probability that the pickup truck will crash because of of lost control. Early corrosion can also occur if the steering system is not well maintained. Luckily, you can easily prevent early wear and tear by lubricating the drag links from time to time.