Reviving an old thread, I have a 02 TJ, I have a slight "pop" coming from the steering and a little bit of wobble in te from end when I get up to speed. I had a friend move the wheel back and forth while I looked for play in the suspension, found that the steering shaft where it connects into the steering gear box is popping. Does this mean I need to change that bearing/seal? I looks like it is leaking a small amount of fluid.
Other than that there is no whining and the steering isnt difficult to turn.