broken steering column / steering wheel loose? - JeepForum.com
Search  
Sign Up   Today's Posts
User: Pass: Remember?
Advertise Here
Jeep Home Jeep Forum Jeep Classifieds Jeep Registry JeepSpace Jeep Reviews Jeep Gallery Jeep Clubs Jeep Groups Jeep Videos Jeep Events Jeep Articles
Go Back JeepForum.com > Models > Jeep Grand Cherokee & Commander Forums > ZJ Grand Cherokee Forum > broken steering column / steering wheel loose?

Poison spyder items @ oconee off road 706 534 9955FrEaKy FrIdAy SaLe!!!!NEW!! HMF 50"-52" light bar mounting brackets!!

Reply
Unread 04-13-2009, 08:35 PM   #1
theksmith
Registered User
2003 WJ 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Posts: 1,577
broken steering column / steering wheel loose?

while wheeling sunday, suddenly there was pop/crack sound from my steering wheel column and then the steering wheel was loose. by loose i mean you can wobble it forward and backward. it is NOT loose when turning left/right, just you can wobble the whole wheel as if it was barely attached to the column.

this is a tilt column, and i can still tilt it and lock the tilt just as always. it's like something is broken between around the key area and the wheel itself.

i removed the airbag and can see the main nut that attaches the wheel to the colum is still firmly seated. i will have to get a puller tomorrow to remove the wheel and further inspect the column inside of where the clockspring and switch stalks go.

in the mean time... anyone had a problem like this before? does the clockspring assembly or some other bearing type assembly in there actually center the column in the housing?

thanks!

theksmith is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 04-13-2009, 09:58 PM   #2
jamoka3
Registered User
1997 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: nj
Posts: 150
i have the same issue, its been that way for over 2 years now lol, i learned to deal with it, but i would like to fix it one day.... maybe? its on my list, you know the never ending list of things i SHOULD do...
but if you find out whats causing this let me know im def interested.
jamoka3 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 04-19-2009, 09:49 PM   #3
theksmith
Registered User
2003 WJ 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Posts: 1,577
well i took off the wheel this weekend and found that something inside the column housing was broken (seemed to be inside the tilt area).

ooked like you could maybe take a snap ring off the end of the column and maybe remove the shaft from the housing... but i opted to just grab a new entire steering column from an 04 with low miles at the salvage yard. cost me $150, but that included a new wheel/airbag that i can probably sell on ebay, and clockspring and switches that i will keep for backups since i hear that the clockspring is a common failure.

video showing the play in the column: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEdm1nNdbow




theksmith is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.
Note: All free e-mails have been banned due to mis-use. (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.)
Don't have a non-free e-mail address? Click here for a solution: Manual Account Creation
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Thread Tools


Suggested Threads





Jeep, Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and other models are copyrighted and trademarked to Jeep/Chrysler Corporation. JeepForum.com is not in any way associated with Jeep or the Chrysler Corp.