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Unread 03-25-2013, 12:20 PM   #1
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Front end binding. Steering?

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I am having some binding in the front end. Happens when turning even slightly. Feels tighter and the steering wheel actually jerks back and forth a bit. This is happening in 2 WD?
I've read it can be axle u joints, and they are original but I wanna make sure it's not something to do with the steering set up, box, pump etc.
I jacked it up and turned it lock to lock and felt no binding while off the ground. I also grabbed and pulled on everything and it seems tight.
Could it be the tires? It has been happening for a couple months, and the tires are about 2 yrs old (maybe 10000 miles on) thanks

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Unread 03-25-2013, 12:36 PM   #2
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Replace the axle u-joints, if that fixes the problem..........
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Seeing that's not the easiest job in the world, I was wondering if u joints would in fact cause a problem like this. I guess that's why I was asking if it could be steering related?
Can anyone confirm that bad U joints cause these problems? Not just yah I had a buddy that had a buddy etc. that had these problems.
I am sure they do need to be replaced, but the ones on my TJ have 167xxx on them and I don't have any problems like on this XJ. With multiple vehicles I am in a habit of fixing what needs to be fixed not what should be fixed.
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... the steering wheel actually jerks back and forth a bit. This is happening in 2 WD?
Commonly caused by failing u-joints. U-joints are a routine maintenance item, just like tires or mufflers. They are replaced when they are worn out, damaged, or no longer function correctly.
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Follow up to this problem....

Surprisingly this problem just went away, not sure what the issue was but I added some stop leak to the power steering and the driver of the XJ, ( it's not my DD) reported that it went away.
It has yet to return. It's been a couple months now too.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 09:54 PM   #6
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I had this happen to my 99 Cherokee Classic twice. Each time was a bad u-joint. It would hang up when the U-joint began to come apart. The fact that it resolved without intervention would have me concerned. Damage to the hub assembly can occur if not corrected. I know from experience.

P-B Blaster on the three bolts from behind the wheel hub assembly, remove the brakes, caliper, and rotor, remove center bolt, and when the bolts are free, tap the threaded stud with a maul to loosen the hub from the axle, use a 3" extension and place it behind the hub assembly on the outboard side of the U-joint and anchor the other end against solid structure, and turn the wheel, hub assembly will push loose. Then pull the whole axle free and work on the U-joint.
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