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Unread 07-25-2009, 08:44 PM   #1
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Knock in steering on my ZJ

So I bought this jeep with a 3-4" lift. Everything is really nice on it....except.... I get a knocking in my steering. It doesn't happen at lock to lock but some where within 45deg of 0 (straight). Has anyone had this problem. If so what was the problem or solution? Its a 95 Limited 5.2 if that helps any. Thanks..

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Unread 07-25-2009, 08:48 PM   #2
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Look at the trac bar, where it mounts to the front axle.
May seem tight, you won't be able to move it by hand. But it's common for the mount on the axle to oval out, causing a clunk and eventually death wobble.
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Unread 07-28-2009, 08:42 PM   #3
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ok ill go check... thanks for the info.. although they look and seem tight... there is 2 of them right? i might have to go look again..
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Unread 07-28-2009, 08:59 PM   #4
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Take a look at the bushings on all of the front linkage. I had this issue with my WJ when turning, almost a clunk sort of noise. It turned out being the tie rod end. I know the linkage is definitely different on the ZJ but check out the bushings.
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Unread 07-28-2009, 09:14 PM   #5
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My 94 did that shortly after the lift. Ended up being the front trac bar on the ball joint end.
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Unread 07-29-2009, 01:06 AM   #6
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Replace track bar and look at bushings...may be bad
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Unread 07-29-2009, 01:22 PM   #7
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Well I found out what my problem is/was. I backed out of the driveway and I noticed that my tired rubbed on my front bumper while turning. I started driving away and everything was fine.......... So I thought...

I went a little ways and noticed it was not steering right. Took an extra turn or so to just to make a normal left hand turn. So as not being too far from home I attempted to make a u turn (4 point turn) and said wow thats really odd. I got it home by driving 15mph as 25 it started the so called death wobble. Pulled it into my driveway and sure enough. The trac bar, ball joint kingpin snapped right at the frame. Thank goodness I wasn't driving down the freeway.

Any suggestions on new trac bars?
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