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Pulling right, then left while driving.

Yesterday in my 2001 Excursion 7.3, I took a left turn and after the turn the ex was pulling pretty bad to the right. After driving a a couple miles that way, I heard and/or felt a pop in the front and the truck swerved suddenly to the left. I went half way into the other lane. Afterwards, it was pulling left just as much as it was pulling right before. I pulled over and stopped and had my wife turn the wheel all the way left and right while I watched for anything loose in the suspension. Everything looked fine. We started back up, and everything was normal. It drove perfectly straight and the rest of the trip had no issues.

Today I checked the ball joints, tie rods, etc any could not detect any issue.

Anyone ever have something like this happen before? Any ideas what could have caused it. It could have easily caused an accident if there was oncoming traffic, or if my wife had been driving.

Thanks for any help!
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Had something similar to that before, it was the ball joints.

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My old Bronco started doing that, it ended up being the front hub bearings.

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Turns out it was the steering stabilizer. I removed it and it feels much better now. Any recommendations on a replacement?
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Turns out it was just coincidence that taking off the steering stabilizer 'fixed' it for a few days. Happened again today worse than ever.

Ended up being the right front axle u-joint.

I jacked up the front and locked the hubs. I couldn't even turn the right wheel by hand even with the tires turned even a bit. Right front axle u-joint was binding up. Probably hard on the bearings, but I freed it up steering it back and forth a bunch of times until I could turn the wheel by hand at full turn, then set it back down and drove around in circles for a while with the hubs locked in.
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.........then set it back down and drove around in circles for a while with the hubs locked in.
I hope you didn't do this on dry pavement.

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Was dry pavement, but the 4 wheel drive wasn't turned on. Just the hubs locked.
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Okay, for some reason I was thinking you had engaged the transfer case also. I've seen guys blow up the transfer case doing things like that.

It sounds like you are about ready for some U-joints. While you've got it apart, you might as well put the Dyna-trac kit, Warn hubs and new ball joints on it.

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