88 XJ Steering and Brake Issues
So I bought my first cherokee, an 88 xj with 284k miles on craigslist, and surprise surprise, shes not perfect. My issues are some very "easy" steering, and the brake pedal needs to be SLAMMED to even slow to a stop.
First, the steering. When i say the steering is easy I dont really know a better way to put it. I've really got to move the wheel to making corrections, but when turning its not too bad. Steering box adjustment or replace? The tie rod that was on it was bent to hell and back so I replaced the tie rod, drag link and steering stabilizer with a setup off of a 318 v8 grand cherokee. Also the u-joint and ball joints on the drivers side front need replacing if that would factor in at all.
Second, the brakes. What good is a jeep that doesnt stop? I've bought new brake shoes and hardware for the rear drums and plan on bleeding the brakes, thats going to be my weekend job. I'm hoping this will help, but I'm open to each and every suggestion you XJ vets have on this. For all I know thats normal, lol.
Also, The engine has a knock in cylinder 6. Previous owner said it was a broken wrist pin, but if thats the case wouldnt that pretty much have destroyed the engine by now?
Lokking forward to any and all input!
Look up brake booster upgrade, The factory one is a single diaphragm up to 95 or 96 when they made it dual. Replaced mine with one from a 96. $40 at the junkyard and some new line. Best upgrade I've done yet. You can get them from various jeeps which require slight modification for proper fit.
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