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Unread 02-28-2002, 10:46 AM   #1
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Sloppy Manual Steering....HELP!!

95 4 banger with 2.5" lift and 31' tires. I've had since new, and her steering is getting pretty bad, 80K miles on her. it's getting scary at highway speeds. is there something i can tighten up or do i have to replace the steering gear? please help.

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Unread 02-28-2002, 11:35 AM   #2
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Hey, im really not totally sure, but maybe a new steering stabilizer?? also how do you like your rancho 2.5" lift with 31's, i want to do the same thing, any pictures, by any chance??
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Unread 02-28-2002, 01:53 PM   #3
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Check your ball joints and steering shaft. A good way to track down the source of the problem is to jack up the front end and give the wheels a shake to find where the slop is coming from.
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Unread 02-28-2002, 04:02 PM   #4
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i got under there (without jacking it up, i will try that later though)and shook things around. the only thing i was able to move (rotate) was the square rod from the steering wheel to the steering gear. I heard that there might be some adjustments i can do to the steering gear, but it's not covered in the haynes manual. any ideas
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Unread 02-28-2002, 06:55 PM   #5
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well i would check the steering shaft the universals went on mine it would bind when i steer i also replaced the steering stablizer and i tighten up the steering nut and it helped i have 139000
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Unread 02-28-2002, 07:15 PM   #6
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I think my steering shaft u-joints are getting a little shaky too. But if you said the steering gear appears to be moving when the rest of the linkage isn't, then that might be the source of the problem. Thats the saginaw gearbox right? I've heard those are pretty bomb-proof boxes and there is little or no maitnance needed on them. But I'm sure its possible for one to fail.
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Unread 03-06-2002, 09:15 PM   #7
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Just replaced my steering box today. The old one had a lot of play and the adjustment screw was screwed in to the max (so far that the keeper nut would not engage). Around here,in CA., rebuilds were around $270, new from Jeep was $310. I chose new and had my hands on it the day after ordering.. The Haynes manual was pretty accurate but I don't think I needed to remove the steering shaft at the firewall or jack the jeep up and support with jack stands. I left the wheels on the ground and the steering wheel locked to maintain all the center relationships. The box came with center marks on the steering shaft input. I removed the castle nut on the link side of the pitman and set the link shaft down gently. When putting the box back in I only attached the lower forward of the three bolts real loose which enabled me to move the unit and engage the lower universal of the steering shaft back onto the input shaft while maintaining the center mark. I then mounted the other two bolts and tightened them. Then I fit the pitman arm, moving it left and right until the link arm fit just right into it's mounting hole, then firmed up the big nut on the pitman so it would stay in the right position. After tightening everything to the torques specified, a test ride proved all was good. Hope this helps, good luck.....Rufalo
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