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Unread 04-27-2011, 10:59 PM   #1
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Play in Steering Wheel

hey guys i got a 89 YJ there's alot of play in the steering wheel, does any one know whats wrong with it? an how much would it cost to fit?
thanks yall!

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Unread 04-27-2011, 11:12 PM   #2
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Up and down movement or just left to right ??
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Unread 04-27-2011, 11:15 PM   #3
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if its left to right play it is probably the little u joints in the shaft that goes from the wheel to the steering gear, or really bad tie rod end
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Unread 04-27-2011, 11:16 PM   #4
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The question is a little vague. Play when you turn side to side? Or it has play in tilt steering? Or there is kind of a clunking play in the say.. Pulling up and pushing down in a manner of words..
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Unread 04-27-2011, 11:17 PM   #5
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Try this thread http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/s...riteup-498155/
It talks about some gear adjustments and its free and simple to try first.
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Unread 04-27-2011, 11:20 PM   #6
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+2 on that one. Gatta 92 with a jittery steering wheel too.
A lot of my rattle is in the steering tube thats coming out of the
firewall in the engine compartment. Is that a hard fix?
I heard people shimming that, or is that just a temporary fix?

Also, I checked out that 4x4xplore.com write up on straightening
the steering wheel out. Basically loosen up two nuts and turn the
turn buckle either way until the steering wheel is straight.
Sounds easy enough. But, I have this bracket thing that has
a piece of steel running through the middle of the pinched
sleeves that prevents me from turning it. Seems like it's doing a great job
from even letting me turn it. lol. Do I just give that
few wacks with a mallet and move it down enough to clear it,
so I can turn it?

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Unread 04-27-2011, 11:24 PM   #7
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sorry guys,
they play is in left to right movement i could turn the wheel a little before it engages theres some dead space in bettwen
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Unread 04-27-2011, 11:28 PM   #8
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It could be the lower steering bearing , I had to replace mine when I purchased my jeep I backed out and heard the bearings falling out there is a great right up on how to check and change the bearing , I used it and saved myself a lot of money from a shifty garage
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Unread 04-27-2011, 11:32 PM   #9
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Try this thread http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/s...riteup-498155/
It talks about some gear adjustments and its free and simple to try first.
Thanks, I'm going to try that one tomorrow.
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Unread 04-27-2011, 11:33 PM   #10
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i still say check the u joints first, grab the shaft and turn it to see if there is any play. thats whats wrong with mine at least =p
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Unread 04-27-2011, 11:40 PM   #11
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It could be the lower steering bearing , I had to replace mine when I purchased my jeep I backed out and heard the bearings falling out there is a great right up on how to check and change the bearing , I used it and saved myself a lot of money from a shifty garage
Gotta link on that write up spawn? I think that's one of my problems.
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Unread 04-27-2011, 11:50 PM   #12
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here you go
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/r...-my-yj-609628/
also scroll down and it links you to another with lots of pictures
hope this helps
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Unread 04-28-2011, 11:31 AM   #13
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thanks spawn!

I checked out that 4x4xplore.com write up on straightening
the steering wheel out. Basically loosen up two nuts and turn the
turn buckle either way until the steering wheel is straight.
Sounds easy enough. But, I have this bracket thing that has
a piece of steel running through the middle of the pinched
sleeves that prevents me from turning it. Seems like it's doing a great job
from even letting me turn it. lol. Do I just give that
few wacks with a mallet and move it down enough to clear it,
so I can turn it?
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Unread 04-30-2011, 11:19 AM   #14
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thanks for the help yall!
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