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Unread 05-12-2007, 10:57 PM   #1
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Uneven steering resistance

A couple days ago my steering began acting up. Hot or cold, turning left or right, I can feel the resistance in the steering wheel increase and decrease as I turn it. As I begin turning the wheel it'll have some resistance, then it eases up, and then it increases again.

The situation seems to have worsened over the past couple of days. The fluctuation in the resistance is more dramatic and abrupt. Pump seems fine and fluid level is fine. Doesn't seem to be any play in the components. I jacked the front up and had someone turn near-lock to near-lock repeatedly and could not identify any obvious problems.

I thought it might be my stabilizer but I installed a brand new one not 10 months ago. I suppose it's still possible.

When I searched "steering problem", the following post described a similar problem:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/steering-problem-104399/

And someone mentioned the steering shaft u-joints binding. Can anyone else confirm if that might cause the type of problem I have described? Seems plausible, but had no time to verify that for myself before it got dark. I drove 130 miles home tonight hoping it wasn't something worse.

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Unread 05-13-2007, 07:55 AM   #2
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Lift the front end up, to get the weight off of everything. Turn the steering wheel WITHOUT THE ENGINE ON. Do you still get irregular steering resistance?
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Unread 05-13-2007, 04:51 PM   #3
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Unfortunately, yes. Even with the engine off and vehicle off the ground.
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12 Wrangler Sahara JK8 conversion, <10 miles (FOR SALE, $56,700)
01 WJ Limited, 4.7, 247, black on black, 157k miles (sold)
96 XJ Classic, 4.0, 242, black on grey, 267k miles (sold)
00 XJ Sport, 4.0, 242, fern green on grey, 76k miles (sold)
90 XJ Wagoneer, 4.0, 242, burgundy on tan, unknown mileage (sold)
97 ZJ Limited, 5.2, 249, black on black, 138k miles (wrecked 12/15/05)
98 ZJ Limited, 5.2, 249, burgundy on black, 197k miles (sold)
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