Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Thompson Falls, Montana
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x2 on what ExWrench is asking, more info would be helpful here, but I'll take a stab in the dark.
Wander is usually caused by a lack of proper caster angle, or misalignment...BUT I see you listed your ball joints as recently replaced. Some ball joint are installed "tight" and take a bit of time to wear in properly. It's a matter of the joint not moving freely enough for the caster angle to work it's magic and re-center the wheel. During this period the steering can seem flighty or wander-y. You end up manually making a million small corrections, that normally are smoothed out by the caster doing it thing.
I'm NOT sure, however exactly how to test for this. Maybe jack it up, and disconnect the drag link and tie rod to see if each wheel turns freely ?
The good news is that if that's it, it should get better after a few hundred miles.
If it's not... then the alignment seems suspect. Maybe the control arm bushings? Control arm bolts loose? Steering box mounting broken/loose?
Shooting totally in the dark here.
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