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Unread 02-01-2013, 04:03 PM   #1
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What am I missing?...

Just popped the hood today and noticed this:
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What exactly am I missing there? I'm going to guess there should be a cap for something. And how bad is it to be driving without one?

Question 2... What does it mean when you have a bunch of grease exploded everywhere like this? My front passenger side wheel is on the right side in this pic:
(I know it's a terrible picture... but it's quite cold out and my phone couldn't figure out how to make it good)



Thanks for the help as always!

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Unread 02-01-2013, 04:05 PM   #2
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Power steering. And maybe you blew your cv boot.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 04:08 PM   #3
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power steering cap

and your CV boot on your axle is probably ripped or something and let all the grease come flying out onto your inner C of your front axle.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 04:08 PM   #4
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Alright, that's what I thought it was. I wonder how long that cap has been off...

Any negative effects of having it off, other than the possibility of contaminants/water getting in?
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Unread 02-01-2013, 04:09 PM   #5
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Okay, thanks again! I guess it's time to take a drive to my parts niner and see what I can steal from it.

Would the broken CV boot cause a rubbing noise when turning hard and giving it some gas?
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Unread 02-01-2013, 04:10 PM   #6
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My guess is your cv boot is ripped and it spit the grease on everything around it.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 04:15 PM   #7
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You guys are awesome, thanks for the incredibly fast help and answers!

Another question about the torn CV boot: can that be a cause of deathwobble? It happens to me only when braking at highway speeds. I can also control whether or not it happens with how hard I brake (lighter = more likely to wobble). Doesn't happen all the time though.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 04:27 PM   #8
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Your CV axle could be done for, which could cause that issue. I think warrantied reman ones are like $40 if you want to replace it. Not difficult if you have some beer, tools, and time.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 04:31 PM   #9
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Your CV axle could be done for, which could cause that issue. I think warrantied reman ones are like $40 if you want to replace it. Not difficult if you have some beer, tools, and time.
and a friend to do the work lol. Not to be a d!ck but he didn't know he was missing a PS cap..
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Unread 02-01-2013, 04:39 PM   #10
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I guess next time I should be more clear. "I realize I am missing a cap here that is most likely for power steering, is it terrible to be driving around without one?" would have been closer to my actual thoughts, I just worded it somewhat sarcastically which doesn't translate well on the internet. I'm somewhat new to all this, but at the same time I can still turn a wrench
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Maybe just tape over it so nothin gets in there if you are gonna drive it, I think I read the death wobble is caused by worn or bad control arms
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Unread 02-01-2013, 05:13 PM   #12
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In my experience a steering wobble under hard braking ussualy means warped rotors. Do your homework before you start on the Cv axle. There is some good tricks to pop off the hub bearing. Get a manual for your jeep too! If you don't feel any binding when you crank the wheel all the way to one side while driving slowly you can probably get by for a little while before the Cv is completely gone. If the boot is indeed ripped you are on borrowed time though.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 05:23 PM   #13
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I guess next time I should be more clear. "I realize I am missing a cap here that is most likely for power steering, is it terrible to be driving around without one?" would have been closer to my actual thoughts, I just worded it somewhat sarcastically which doesn't translate well on the internet. I'm somewhat new to all this, but at the same time I can still turn a wrench
lol my bad. Everything should be taken with a grain of salt around here. Good Luck with the repairs, they seem to never end, i'll be doing some tomorrow
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Unread 02-01-2013, 10:51 PM   #14
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.. I saw a lot of P/S cap blew off while I WORKED AT Jeep .. SO most likely you can buy a cap at the parts store but you may need to go for a wrecking yard run. Or last resort the Stealership.
.... I priced front drive axles for mine a few weeks back They were about 65.00 each now that price may have been My cost to myself since I can buy from a jobber. Sorry I don't remember but if that is so then the axles should cost about 100.00 each. and most likely about another $100.00 to put them in. Watch so you can do it next time .. Not very hard.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 11:54 PM   #15
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Oreilly's has generic caps, but I'd go to a junkyard and get one if it I had a choice.
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