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Unread 05-18-2015, 09:05 PM   #1
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74cj5 steering problem

Hello, I have a cj5 that cant drive straight, steering kinda gets hard then releases then veers off in whatever direction it's pointing. it has new tires and are aligned. Tie Rod End all good, Im guessing a bad steering pump. Any advice thanks.

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Unread 05-18-2015, 09:45 PM   #2
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Bad u-joints in the front axle shafts.....just a guess.
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Unread 05-19-2015, 05:53 AM   #3
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You can loosen off the belt on the pump to see if the issue changes. I would be checking out the axle u-joints as mentioned too.
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Unread 05-19-2015, 11:14 AM   #4
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The steering gear itself comes into question as well as the ball joints that support the knuckles. The ball joints can be bound up or the top adjuster too tight, also check to see if any part of the knuckle or steering linkage is contacting something else causing bind.
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Unread 05-19-2015, 03:06 PM   #5
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check in the back for empty beer cans, it might be a clue
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Unread 05-20-2015, 10:25 AM   #6
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It amazes me that people post crap on a thread intended to be serious about a problem that many of us try to be thoughtful and lend our knowledge in an effort to be helpful.
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Unread 05-20-2015, 11:29 AM   #7
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Hard to say on your description. Jack up the front and have someone turn the wheel both ways and check every connection for play. Binding could be coming from your steering gear.
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Unread 05-20-2015, 11:45 AM   #8
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When I had that it was the joint at the bottom of the steering shaft. Mine would pop out of alignment and then break free. For me it would lock the steering until I could break it free!! Heavy duty shaft replaced it.
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Unread 05-20-2015, 03:07 PM   #9
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It amazes me that people post crap on a thread intended to be serious about a problem that many of us try to be thoughtful and lend our knowledge in an effort to be helpful.
Whoooaaa lighten up, he is getting a lot of good information, I just thought his description of how it drove sounds like how I drive after a few beers. a good sense of humor helps fix a lot of things as well. notice the smile I added at the end.
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Unread 05-20-2015, 05:25 PM   #10
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Check upper and lower ball joints, jack the front end up and see if you can move the tire. You should be able to track down whats moving
You said tie rod ends, what about drag link and sway bar bushings?
Front bearings can cause a problem too. Theres allot of parts up there. I just did mine and wound up replacing all the above and the
the ball joints and bearings made the biggest difference. The parts are not that expensive and if you wind up doing the u joints like John N said then you will have most of them off anyways. If you do ball joints just make sure you do them in the right order and torque everything to specs
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Unread 05-20-2015, 06:11 PM   #11
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Hello, I have a cj5 that cant drive straight, steering kinda gets hard then releases then veers off in whatever direction it's pointing. it has new tires and are aligned. Tie Rod End all good, Im guessing a bad steering pump. Any advice thanks.
Axle u-joints are definitely a prime suspect given that it binds and then releases. Steering shaft joints are a good place to look too and possibly the steering gear box once you've ruled out everything else.

In my experience a bad ps pump wont make the steering behave erratically like that. It just makes it harder to steer.
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Unread 05-20-2015, 07:28 PM   #12
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Axle u-joints are definitely a prime suspect given that it binds and then releases.
When I rebuilt my D30 I was surprised at how difficult it was to turn the steering knuckles until I pulled the axle shafts. The Jeep was 25 years old then and everything in the D30 was OEM.
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Unread Yesterday, 12:07 PM   #13
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Hi guys, after reading all your responses I decided to just order all the parts you all mentioned. parts should be here by next week. I'm attaching a picture, paint job will be da last. Thanks again.
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If mine looked like that, I would not be painting it. Purple jeep FTW! Not sure about the lantern hanging off the rocker though. YMMV.
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Unread Yesterday, 12:32 PM   #15
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Wow! Extremely long shackles in the back. How long are the front ones? Vehicle attitude has an effect on caster angle too. Could be part of your steering problem.
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