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Unread 03-25-2013, 11:10 AM   #1
Dmed77
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1966 CJ5 steering linkage problem

Good morning everybody

Well I did a little wheeling this weekend and was driving home and noticed my steering wheel was a little loud and rough when I was turning.

I have power steering, the steering column goes down at the regular angle and then below the tub attaches to a U joint and heads straight into the power steering box near the front bumpler.

So I crawled underneath and where the two steering rods meet (where the U joint is) the joint is hangling a little lower and is now hitting the frame when I turn the steering wheel and has a lot of play.

Any idea on what has loosened up or caused this?


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Unread 03-25-2013, 05:38 PM   #2
Fourtrail
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I would look to see how the column was adapted to be secured after the power steering conversion. Stock the column was attached directly to the steering box and now needs a new way to be secured. More than likely the mounts have come a bit loose and the column has slid down causing the rub and binding. Should be able to loosen the new mount and raise the column back up and re-secure it.
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Unread 04-07-2013, 11:41 AM   #3
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STEERING freeplay ISSUE

hello every body ,
this is my first post on here. I just picked up a nice 70 cj5 the steering is wacked. The guy i bought it from told me so and i dont think he knew how to fix that.
there is a ton of free play in the steering wheel.I got it home after a scary ride on the freeway. I tightened the adjusting screw all the way down on the steering box ( didnt do anything) im think the steering box is trashed ? i jacked up the wheels and had somebody rotate the steering wheel slowly yet the pitman arm did move should i send out the box for a rebuild and go from there???
thanks
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Unread 04-07-2013, 11:21 PM   #4
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Good morning everybody

Well I did a little wheeling this weekend and was driving home and noticed my steering wheel was a little loud and rough when I was turning.

I have power steering, the steering column goes down at the regular angle and then below the tub attaches to a U joint and heads straight into the power steering box near the front bumpler.

So I crawled underneath and where the two steering rods meet (where the U joint is) the joint is hangling a little lower and is now hitting the frame when I turn the steering wheel and has a lot of play.

Any idea on what has loosened up or caused this?


Thanks
It may be possible the upper bearing has fallen apart, allowing the shaft to drop. This may also cause grinding and dragging on the top by the wheel. A picture of your setup would be especially helpful.
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