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Unread 08-06-2006, 03:14 AM   #1
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Steering Stabilizer Q

How do you tell when these things go bad? Is death wobble the only giveaway?

When I bought new shocks for the BB it came with a free steering stabilizer. It is procomp, which I never liked from the start. Driving straight is near impossible. My girlfriend's little sister drove my Jeep and she said the steering was 'loosey goosey'. Would a bad steering stabilizer allow a lot of play in the wheel?

Would a different brand (read: OME) tighten it up any? Or is a steering stabilizer not even the problem?

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Unread 08-06-2006, 03:29 AM   #2
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Loose as in play in the steering wheel?

Only way I know to check the SS is to remove one end and compress it, if it compresses easily it's shot. If it doesn't you should be good there.
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Unread 08-06-2006, 03:47 PM   #3
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Yea, play in the steering wheel.

Checked the SS this morning and it seems to be fine.
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http://www.ifsja.org/tech/steering/boxadj.html

Above link made a nice improvement in my loose steering. Just adjust it a tiny bit at a time until its not as loose.

But i would say if you cant keep it going straight you might have an alignment issue, or some worn steering links. (tie rod ends)
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play in the steering wheel could be:
loose track bar (frame or axle end)
worn out tie rod ends
worn steering box
loose steering box
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I was leaning towards the steering box myself, probably just loose.
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Unread 08-06-2006, 09:15 PM   #7
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Alright, I'll check it tomorrow. Right now I am grilling some steaks.
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