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Unread 10-11-2013, 02:46 PM   #1
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Steering getting sloppy, what part should I be looking at?

My 04 WJ Laredo is totally stock. It has 113k now. I have noticed that the steering is starting to get a little sloppy, there is more "play" without steering reaction than when I got it at 80k.

I am no mechanic and I don't play one on TV either. Can you more savvy Jeepers point me to which part is most likely in need of replacement???





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I'd check the TREs first...
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I'd check the TREs first...
Yes what he said,

They are fairly cheap and you can replace them yourself saving you some $. Make certain that you get a good quality replacement part such as MOOG that has a grease fitting.
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Try tightening the steering box. It takes about 15 minutes.
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Try tightening the steering box.
Probably shouldn't do that.

What I would suggest doing is looking at all those components in the front end of the Jeep while someone else is slowly turning the steering wheel back and forth. Look at every moving joint and note whether the parts move perfectly together (all of them should), or which parts have play between them. Where you see play, you've got a bad TRE.
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My guess is the tie rod end that connect to the pitman arm. I just replaced mine not too long ago. It was wore out so bad it was about to fall out. The rest of my tie rod ends were fine.

Have someone turn the steer wheel back and forth while you and get under the Jeep and look for sloppy play in the joints. Mine was simple to find because it was clunking.
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Awesome thanks guys!
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A new intermediate steering shaft made a huge improvement in my WJ's "steering slop"
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Tightening the steeing gear is simply delaying the inevitable.
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A new intermediate steering shaft made a huge improvement in my WJ's "steering slop"
If you don't mind me asking, how much did that part set you back?
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If you don't mind me asking, how much did that part set you back?

Online paid about $163.

This is the latest (revised) part number to replace the older one. It took a whopping 5 minutes to replace. I did put some loctite on there since its a crucial part.

BTW, I did not notice any looseness with my old one in my hands versus the new shaft. However when installed, i noticed.



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^^ good to know. Thank you.
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Like others mentioned check the TRE's first.

Some people just toss the front end in the air and try wiggling the wheels side to side, however I prefer to leave the tires on the ground and have somebody turn the steering wheel lock to lock while inspecting the front end. I've had TRE's that would pass the wiggle test, but once the weight of the vehicle was on the tires there was a fairly noticeable amount of play present.
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Online paid about $163.

This is the latest (revised) part number to replace the older one. It took a whopping 5 minutes to replace. I did put some loctite on there since its a crucial part.

BTW, I did not notice any looseness with my old one in my hands versus the new shaft. However when installed, i noticed.

I think that's exactly what I need. Thank you!!
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Online paid about $163.

This is the latest (revised) part number to replace the older one. It took a whopping 5 minutes to replace. I did put some loctite on there since its a crucial part.

BTW, I did not notice any looseness with my old one in my hands versus the new shaft. However when installed, i noticed.

I don't understand how you weren't able to visually see anything wrong with the part that was taken off the vehicle, yet the new one fixed your problem. All it is is two u-joints.
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