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Unread 04-06-2010, 10:15 PM   #1
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Ok, new Jeep owner here, but life-long Jeep fanatic...

I have a '94 Wrangler S 4-cyl. 5-speed, and the issue I have is that when I turn the wheels all the way one direction, it's fine... but when I return to center, drive a little bit, then turn the opposite direction I have a spot in the steering where the wheels don't respond right away... sort of a delayed reaction to turn the other direction.

After I turn the wheel far enough, the wheels "catch up" and I turn fine... but this delay has me a bit worried. Also, after turning either direction, the steering wheel is off center that direction. If I turn right, the wheel is pointing like I'm constantly turning right... and vice versa for left.

Traveling down the road in a straight line, the Jeep doesn't pull either direction, so I don't think it's an alignment issue. Unfortunately, the only previous 4x4 experience I have is a '72 K/5 Blazer, an '85 and an '89 Ford full-size, and an '88 S-10 Blazer. None of which had the same steering/suspension setup as this Jeep.

Any ideas of what I should look for? This Jeep sat for a long time before I came across it, and runs/drives fine except for this.

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Unread 04-06-2010, 10:45 PM   #2
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That sounds like a wierd problem.
So it dosen't do it at the center but its almost as if it just stops turning?
I would check the power steering fluid first then the steering linkage, gear box
and steering shaft. Does it feel like just the steering wheel is turning and nothing else is? Maby there is something broken in the colum.
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Unread 04-06-2010, 10:46 PM   #3
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Maybe getting an alignment? Sorry,misread your post. Don't seem like alignment issue.

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Unread 04-07-2010, 12:00 AM   #4
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Steering tests

Park on a level spot. Use a floor jack and raise the front. Sitting in seat, engine off, wheels straight ahead, turn steering wheel from left to right and try to feel amount of free play in steering box. On top of steering box, there is a stud with a slot and locking nut. Hold stud slot and loosen lock nut 3-6 turns. A helper is needed for good adjustment.
Helper feels steering free play and continues to rock steering wheel left and right until free play is reduced then gone. Turning stud with large screwdriver will slowly remove all free play. Too much tension is not good. If possible add some 50 W synthetic engine oil. This oil is wonderful in steering all gear differentials and transmissions that are manual. Oil distributors sell syn oil for about 5 gallons for about $100. Really good product.
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Unread 04-07-2010, 12:35 AM   #5
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^ He is referring to adjusting the gear box, as noted here
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Unread 04-07-2010, 10:21 AM   #6
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I'll try adjusting the gearbox later today. Thanks for the replies, everyone!
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