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Unread 10-08-2013, 08:33 PM   #1
racoonfrenzy
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Loose steering?

The steering on the jeep is really bad. Its hard to keep it going straight. If the car starts leading to the right I have to make nearly half a turn of the wheel before it reacts. The wheel is also a quarter turn off of center, almost as if its spinning or loose in a sleeve?

Any ideas?

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Unread 10-08-2013, 08:35 PM   #2
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Check your steering shaft for play. It is the shaft that goes between the gearbox and the column input on the drivers side. Shouldn't move very much by hand.

Next, jack up front passenger tire, then front driver tire, and check for movement of the wheel bearing. Grab the top and bottom of the tire, push the top in toward the engine why pulling the bottom out, and vise-versa to see if the tire "wobbles" in and out. Anyplay/woble at all is an issue.

Finally, you will need to inspect your knuckle ball joints as play in the ball joints can lead to excessive bump steer as well. Tie rod ends as well. You can check these by having someone turn the tires left and right w/jeep on, and visually inspecting steering components for play.

How much lift are you running?
Did you install the lift?

If all of these parts check out, you may need to look into a tye-rod flip or hi-steer kit to return to stock performance.
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Unread 10-08-2013, 08:40 PM   #3
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I got it in a trade and I'm lacking on details but its at least a 6" lift with a body lift as well... The PO said that it has something to do with a round whole and a square peg... basically something has been rounded out and its spinning. What part could he be referring to exactly? The shaft into the gearbox?

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Unread 10-09-2013, 10:11 AM   #4
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How much of that 6" lift is shackle lift? A 5" spring/shackle lift is going your put your steering components at pretty steep angles. Too much shackle lift will make your steering squirmy, and anything loose in your steering will be multiplied with the higher lift. The steering wheel not bring centered is an easy fix by adjusting your drag link, but that's not causing the problems you mention. Follow the list if checks mentioned above, and anything more 1" of shackle lift remove, I prefer no more than1/2 " shackle lift.
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Unread 10-10-2013, 10:44 AM   #5
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Found the issue...
The steering box has 2 top bolts holding it to the chassis, the second bolt broke free of the chassis. The whole box is just pivoting around the 1st bolt so the wheels don't turn until it can't shift any more...

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Unread 10-10-2013, 12:13 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by racoonfrenzy View Post
Found the issue...
The steering box has 2 bolts holding it to the chassis, the second bolt broke free of the chassis. The whole box is just pivoting around the 1st bolt so the wheels don't turn until it can't shift any more...
Glad you figured it out.
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