hello everyone! --car in question is a 95 jeep grand cherokee laredo, 4.0 L
so i was looking over my steering because i and having a slight amount of drift when driving and theres a bit of slop in the steering wheel, and i noticed that if i wiggle the steering wheel while parked, there is a clunking sound. so i got under the car and had someone move the steering wheel and i noticed the sound is coming from the pitman arm. where the arm meets the shaft in the gear box, there is lateral motion corresponding with the clunking sound.
first of all i do not want to mis-diagnose. ive never messed with steering, but after some internet searching i think that it may be a bad sector shaft bearing (don't know if it would be upper or lower)?
so i want to fix this asap but cant decide if i rebuild or replace depending on what is actually wrong.
can the adjustment screw on the top of the gear box, in any way, effect lateral movement in the sector shaft? i adjusted it before reading up as much as i should have on it and tightened it about a quarter turn.
if im correct and it is one of the sector shaft bearings, would i absolutely have to drop the gear box to replace them? i know you can replace the seals from below the car and the bearings are visible when you do. i am only guessing but it looks like they may be held in with snap rings?
dont know what i should do....
any help is greatly appreciated, and thanks ahead of time!
ps here is a video (NOT ME) that is similar to my problem.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=no-UesulNfg
and here are some really good pictures of what im talking about, although it is a seal replacement job, not a bearing one... http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/f...g-box-1088128/