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Steering confusion.

My 94 xlt 4x4 has been steering funny. when turning it feels like i have to push past a stiff spot and then it cuts harder once past the stiff spot. it also likes to hold a certain steering angle when i let go in a turn. however when i put the wheel straight at speed and let go of the wheel it still heads straight. i know that the truck has new steering linkage and steering box replaced not too long ago but i cant think of what else could cause the problem. radius arm busings? ball joints? any info on proper diagnosis or possible causes would be greatly appreciated.
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i can almost 75% gaurantee it's the u joints seizing in the steeing shaft.if you have tilt steering there is a joint in the column close to the steering wheel
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I just got the time to go out and lift it up and check ball joints. passenger side has a lot of up/down play but i dont see the ball joint move when i do it.(then again i am on my own so i wouldnt be surprised if i just need someone to shake it while i look.) I definitely beleive that this is now my problem.
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Make sure the i beam is supported and use a bar under the tire and pull up. The pressure needs to be off the balljoint to see play. Also The bearing lock nuts could have come loose the manual hub nuts are prone to coming loose. I still think its the steering shaft.
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