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Unread 03-19-2013, 01:00 PM   #1
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95 Jeep Cherokee Laredo Steering issues

I recently purchased a 95 Cherokee Laredo with high miles (160,xxx). I just needed something for occasional towing and for winter, this isn't a daily driver.

Right away I replaced the shocks (which I believe were original to the vehicle) and new brakes.

Right now I am trying to get something figured out.. When I am driving down the road the steering feels a little "loose"... i can wiggle it a little and it doesnt seem to affect the wheels. Also to go straight, the wheel needs to be turned slightly to the left, and when I am trying to make sharp left hand turn (such as parking) it makes a almost "clunking" sound.. possibly the tires rubbing.. I should mention that the jeep came with over sized off-roading tires (which are tons of fun in the snow!) so maybe this contributes to the issue.

I really do not want to put a lot of money into this vehicle, got it for a steal and would like to get these little bugs out. Any ideas?

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Unread 03-19-2013, 11:06 PM   #2
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A quick and easy way to get an idea of what parts you need to replace is to go to a front end shop and ask for a written estimate and then go home and replace the parts yourself or have them do it. Along with high miles I would imagine the steering joints are inneed of replacement so you are looking at ball joints tie rod ends wheel unit hubs and while your in there front u-joints. When all is accomplished you can have the front end alignment done and center the steering wheel.
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Unread 03-20-2013, 10:48 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by redrose_Rocker View Post
when I am trying to make sharp left hand turn (such as parking) it makes a almost "clunking" sound.. possibly the tires rubbing..
Interested as well since this describes my situation . . . No loose steering as my 98 TJ does track straight so the alignment is correct but when I make a tight turn like I was going in a circle it makes the cluncking noise and I was wondering as well if this was the tires rubbing or something worse -- my tires arent stock -- slightly larger than stock actually but not aggressive off road tires.

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