Last year a federal investigation was opened into 2008 model year Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickups. The steering probe has been closed this year without any recall. The thing is that it was suspected that nearly 336,000 pickup trucks could have steering problems.
The F-Series pickup trucks were redesigned for the 2005 model year. The automaker increased the diameter of the sector shaft from 1,375 to 1,625 inches in order to increase the resistance of the steering gear assembly to torsional overload.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received five complaints of steering gear malfunction. The investigators found evidence of piston damage and broken sector shaft gear. However, there was found no evidence of serious defects in any of the parts. The investigators assumed that the steering gear failure was the result of a crash and not the cause of the crash. Thus, the steering probe is now closed and the vehicles are assumed to be safe for driving.
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