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Unread 08-08-2011, 07:06 PM   #1
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Steering stick

Hello fellas. Seems like I have a billion threads up but so many questions, agh.

Anyway, I was wheelin the last two days a bit, and the steering was never good from the start, in fact my Jeep symbol sits facing the passenger in the center column of the steering wheel which leads me to believe I need a new steering column.

Anyway, when I'm driving, especially if I rev around ~3k rpm or more without shifting, there's really a noticeable stick in the steering and for a second the car won't steer in any direction and will remain stuck. Usually if I shift it, it will correct it, but will start again on the next gear. It's actually a real workout to keep this thing smooth on the road. Any ideas?

I do need to get new springs and shocks soon, as some of us already determined.

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Unread 08-08-2011, 07:16 PM   #2
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have you changed the power steering fluid? it's super easy to do and corrected my steering "stick", even when i thought i would have to replace the whole pump.
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Unread 08-08-2011, 07:22 PM   #3
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power steering fluid..has the colume been apart? have u sprayed down the stearing shaft with anything?
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Unread 08-08-2011, 09:16 PM   #4
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Jeep symbol sits facing the passenger in the center column of the steering wheel which leads me to believe I need a new steering column.
Nope. You don't need a new steering column. You just need to adjsut the drag link. Read here...

http://www.4x4xplor.com/alignment.html

That will get your steering wheel re-centered. And as far as the "stick", I'd try to flush the fluid and rebleed it. Then you can move on from there is that doesn't help.
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Unread 08-08-2011, 09:45 PM   #5
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Nope. You don't need a new steering column. You just need to adjsut the drag link. Read here...

http://www.4x4xplor.com/alignment.html

That will get your steering wheel re-centered. And as far as the "stick", I'd try to flush the fluid and rebleed it. Then you can move on from there is that doesn't help.
Will do. Thanks for the input.
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Unread 08-08-2011, 09:54 PM   #6
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Will do. Thanks for the input.
Keep us posted if flushing the fluid and bleeding it doesn't work.
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Unread 08-09-2011, 01:42 PM   #7
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Where can I find a cheap siphon device to flush all the fluid out?
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Where can I find a cheap siphon device to flush all the fluid out?
If you've never done it before (which it sounds like you haven't) you should research this a bit. It's easy to do though. And it will be a good learning experience.

Do you have a book for your Jeep? Like a Haynes or Chilton? That will guide you through it. You are baically going to bleed the system, but keep going until all of the fluid has drained and been replaced.

I'm really not trying to be a smart @** with this link even though most people use the "let me google that for you" links to be a prick I really just figured it would help.

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=how+to+flush+steering+fluid

Read a few of those pages and watch a few videos. Also, if you don't have a book... get one!
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PotentialYJNewb delete some pms so i can message you about rim purchase. says your mailbox is full.
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I deleted all of it you should be able to pm me now
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Unread 08-19-2011, 11:53 AM   #11
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Nope. You don't need a new steering column. You just need to adjsut the drag link. Read here...

http://www.4x4xplor.com/alignment.html

That will get your steering wheel re-centered. And as far as the "stick", I'd try to flush the fluid and rebleed it. Then you can move on from there is that doesn't help.
Except that on the YJ you will have to disconnect it from the pitman arm because the tie rod end screws into the dragllink, not a turnbuckle.
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