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Unread 03-14-2014, 11:38 AM   #1
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A lot of slop in my steering?

My steering is bad.
Almost a quarter turn of slop, where the steering wheel moves but the tires do not.
I have modded my steering to a heavy duty tie rods and rod ends, requiring me to drill out the steering knuckles.

So..

I jacked up the front tires, one at a time.
And wiggled them hard. Up and down, side to side. The standard shade tree test for this kind of thing.
Did not find really enough things loose to account for the steering issue.
Kept looking. Found the pitman arm has a dead spot in it of about an eighth of a steering wheel turn, before the drag link starts moving. I think this is because I have an extended pitman arm, the one that came with the lift, and after the mods, I should be running the stock one(will deal with this).
Kept looking. Found this:


This is my steering wheel as it comes out of the firewall(top of the pic) and goes to a u-joint(bottom of pic) then to a shaft to the power steering pump.

It moves, a lot.




My slop?

What is broken? Or missing?
How would I repair this?
That cap/cover thing that moves a lot does not move into the place the steering wheel is.

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Unread 03-14-2014, 11:43 AM   #2
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I have the exact same problem, except mine creates a bit of a crunching noise on occasion. No real slop added to mine from this - I think.

I had a ton of slop from my steering gear box. When I replaced it, almost all my slop went away. How far does your steering shaft rotate before it picks up in the gear box? Something in your gear box might be loose.
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Unread 03-14-2014, 12:31 PM   #3
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You're looking at a broken (for a very long time it looks) steering shaft bearing.
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Unread 03-14-2014, 12:41 PM   #4
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I have the exact same issue with my YJ at the moment and found the very same issue. I also know my steering shaft joints are pretty well shot. Haven't gotten to tearing into it yet to see what exactly broke and needs to be replaced.
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Unread 03-14-2014, 01:28 PM   #5
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Yep, like stated above. U need a lower steering shaft bearing, trust me it'll make a world of a difference. Replacing that fixed the slop in my steering altogether.
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Unread 03-14-2014, 01:45 PM   #6
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You found the problem.

Here is the solution:

Lower Steering Shaft Bearing Replacement
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Unread 03-14-2014, 03:15 PM   #7
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Quote:
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You found the problem.

Here is the solution:

Lower Steering Shaft Bearing Replacement
That "how-to" helped. I was wondering how it came apart.
The new bearing is available and about $35.
I will replace it.
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Unread 03-14-2014, 05:24 PM   #8
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I just ordered mine as well. I'm really glad you started this thread. Thank you.
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Unread 03-23-2014, 06:17 PM   #9
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Got my new bearing kit in today. Replacement went well, except for the cap. Although the bearing and sleeve were seated, the new cap didn't want to fully seat. Used the old cap and it for fine. :-)
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Unread 03-24-2014, 05:14 AM   #10
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Have to do mine this spring. Tried to get the bolts out for the steering box, no go. Tried to get the lower shaft out, but it is rusted solid. Gonna have to cut the shaft and get a new one along with the bearing. Shaft is worn anyway.
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Unread 03-24-2014, 06:20 PM   #11
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I HATE THIS SITE!!

Every time I think everything is kosher, something like this pops up and makes more work for me.

Thanks for pointing this out...I would have never considered checking a bearing at that end of the column.
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