im still a newb to suspension all together. but how do i check if my ball joints are going bad? my jeep starts feeling very odd at speeds in excess of 55Mph.. i get intermediate vibs that come and go very frequently. my jeep also drifts slightly. <while driving down the road i notice it will go were it wants. but half the time it will drive straight. my jeep is bone stock but im kind of clueless. i know in while using 4h or 4lo my front end feels to be binding up so im thinking i have something major wrong, what all should i check?
Would be a good idea to get your XJ on a hoist and have somebody familiar with front end/steering components perform a thorough inspection of parts for wear/play. There are really a lot of things that can contribute.
It's possible that you need a front end alignment as well but hold off on that until you inspect all parts as there are certain situations which would require an alignment after replacement of that hardware. Good Luck!
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i have access to a lift, but i dont know anyone that is really familiar the front end, could someone perhaps give me a check list of things to check? i`ll jsut search on how to check the items.. thanks
i feel vibes thro my whole xj. enough to vibrate a cell phone off my dash, its not the death wobble just vibes, i know its something with the front end as i hear a clunkish sound comming from the driver side tire while turning either way, i belive that to be the shock tho
Jack up one front wheel at a time, until the tire is 3-4" off the ground. Take a pry tool of your choice (pry bar, crow bar, jack handle, pipe, etc.) and pry upward on the bottom of the tire. Check for vertical movement of the tire/wheel. Too much movement is an indicator of excessive ball joint wear.
Now, with the same wheel/tire, place hands at 3 and 9 o'clock positions. Move tire from side to side, and check for excessive movement. There should be some free movement when doing this, but not too much. This checks steering/ hub bearing wear. You may want to have a friend do this while you watch the steering linkage. Again, some movement is expected, but not too much.
Stock, with some intake/exhaust work
umm. no thanks. i paid 300 for my jeep and its almost perfect. no cracks in the leather, headliner looks new. new pioneer stereo,tires have 90% tread left and spare is brand new never been used, carpet has been kept up forever, no cracks in dash looks new,motor is strong to, just a few small ish problems
i have the same problem while running in two wheel , have new tires
no play play in front end seems like front end is still in 4 wheel and tach shows 1500 rpm,
and yet @ 60 mph it like its going at top speed.
should drive shaft still be turning or in 2 wheel should it disengage.?