Okay so I was driving my 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee in the back roads at about 100km/h when the Jeep started to wobble and the steering went and I went into a ditch. Luckily I am okay and the Jeep was not damaged from the ditch. I had to drive home going 10km/h the steering worked at that speed, but every time I hit another bump going 10km/h causing the jeep to wobble again, so I slowed down. I eventually made it home. I have no clue what happened to it, I have not had a problem with this before but we did replace a broken tie rod a month ago. If anyone can please tell me what caused this and how to replace it. Gonna try the forum before going to a mechanic. Thanks guys!
So all of a sudden no power steering? Low fluid level? Hose broken? Fan belt slipping? Just grasping straws here. As I re-read your post may be something else let loose on the suspension putting too much load on the steering.
Thanks very much ratmonkey, What do you recommend I go and do? should I get a mechanic to do it or could I get a friend who rebuilds cars to do it? Also what is the price range for fixing this and what parts will I need?
Probably about $100 on a new trackbar, somewhere near $50 for new tierod. Definitely recheck the tierod ends, even the one you recently replaced, and the steering knuckles to make sure they did not get damaged.
They are pretty easy to replace, you will want to get as good of a measurement as possible of your existing tierods with ends attached, for when you assemble the replacement. The closer the lenghts are, the better the initial alignment will be, but you will still need to get it aligned at a shop.
Also check for any damage to the trackbar brackets. They could be cracked, or holes wallowed out.
1995 ZJ 5.2L V8 318. 230,000 miles and still rollin.