Hi guys and gals
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Today I got stuck and figured I would ask for help.
Tuesday I fell asleep at the wheel on the way home from work. Its a long complicated funny story why, but I will save that for later.
My truck ended up in a briar patch and I glanced off three trees on the way there. The steering rack had exploded basically, and there were parts everywhere. After doing a bit of research I decided that I would try to fix the mess myself, so I ordered a steering rack, new outer tie rod ends and scheduled a windshield and passenger side window replacement. I also ordered a new front right fender because that is smashed beyond repair.
Last night I finished replacing the steering rack, and got it flushed and filled. Steering works fine now although its a bit noisy ( I think that will subside as the air bubbles get worked out)
Here are my three problems.
1. After the accident I tried to turn the steering wheel and it just spun like a top and kept spinning. I have no idea if I have it centered correctly when I reconnected it, but I made sure it looked centered and it locked correctly when I removed the key.
2. After finishing up the steering I find it steers too far one way. Do I adjust the tie rod ends to fix that?
3. Also the camber is way out on the passenger side tire, what do I look for to see if there is something else damaged that I don't know about? I don't think I can do an alignment because I don't have a flat floor to work on it, my garage has a dirt floor until I can afford concrete. But I do need to drive it about 8 miles to get the windshield done on Monday, and I really need to wait at least a couple of weeks to save up enough money for an alignment. So I want to make sure I have inspected everything that could possibly be broken before driving it.