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Unread 09-08-2014, 12:26 AM   #1
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Steering Question

A few months back I installed a new RC 2.5" lift on my 95 YJ 2.5. This weekend I finally got around to straightening out my steering wheel via the drag link. I put it off forever due to it being stuck from all the rust. I PB blasted it for weeks and torched it, then used a pipe wrench to finally free both ends of the drag link then got the wheel strait. When I took it for a drive it steered horribly. The amount of play in the wheel is much worse than before and it almost feels like there are dead spots in the steering now. My question is....Could the amount of torque I used to break the drag link free(used floor jack against wrench) damage my tie rod ends to the point of messing up my steering? I checked all 4 tie rod ends and none of them have the typical symptoms of being bad. However, during the process the whole steering assembly was rotating as far as possible and it really didn't appear to be good for it. Any input is appreciated.

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Unread 09-08-2014, 05:07 AM   #2
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I would go under and watch what happens when someone moves the steering wheel looking for slop. I would be checking the steering box mounts out carefully, the have been known to crack at the frame points.
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Unread 09-08-2014, 07:18 AM   #3
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When I had the front end off the ground and would move the wheel each way, the TRE at pitman arm rotates and moves quite a bit before the input actually gets to the wheels.
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Unread 09-08-2014, 07:28 AM   #4
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Don't start the motor and don't lift the tires. Just release the steering lock with the key and have a buddy rock the piss out of it. You want all the resistance to the steering you can get to make the slop appear.
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Unread 09-08-2014, 08:23 AM   #5
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When I had the front end off the ground and would move the wheel each way, the TRE at pitman arm rotates and moves quite a bit before the input actually gets to the wheels.
There you go. The guts are nylon, maybe it split.
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