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Unread 10-14-2009, 07:53 PM   #1
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My CJ7 Tried to Kill Me!

So I am new to the Jeep world, and was driving home from work in my 86 CJ7 when I hit a pothole. It wasn't a very big pothole, but all of a sudden I jerked about four feet to the left into oncoming traffic. I was able to correct myself, and made it home (never going over 30 miles an hour). I parked her right in the garage until I can figure out what is wrong, so I figure I'll start here. I'm thinking either its the steering dampener or something is wrong with one of the shocks. The Jeep is sitting about an inch lower on the front left side, but I didn't notice that until it was parked in the garage. Any thoughts/help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

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Unread 10-14-2009, 07:56 PM   #2
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tire pressure is up to par?
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Unread 10-14-2009, 07:57 PM   #3
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Sounds like a bent tie rod or drag link. Also, check the spring on the low side for breaks or shackle misalignment. I broke the shackle mount on my cj7, it came right of the frame. That could be a possible cause. Make sure you inspect and fix the problem before you take it out on the road again!!
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Unread 10-14-2009, 08:25 PM   #4
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I had a chevy do it once it was a ball joint on the dana 44. came with in a few feet of a head on. The guy I had just bought it from had put new ones on and didnt get a snap ring on right or put one on and didnt need it or something like that( getting old) any way check all your joints and bushing's. also be sure to check both axles and make sure the perches are sitting on the spring tie bolts right. that is a bolt that goes thru your spring packs that centers your axle. usally if they have moved there will be marks on the springs and the ubolts maybe loose, check your gearbox to and make sure it doesnt have to much play.
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Unread 10-14-2009, 09:09 PM   #5
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I too was thinking it could be ball joints...in fact I just got a set of MOOG ones that never need greasing. I suspected that too because sometime the steering would stick when I turned a hard corner (even at slow speeds). I was thinking that maybe the ball joints were rusted out so I was planning on replacing them this weekend...but was going to see if the weird "jerk of death" might have been something else. Thanks to everyone for their suggestions!!
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Unread 10-15-2009, 12:56 AM   #6
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I'm assuming you hit the pothole with your driver's side wheel. Has your axle shifted on the spring? If you sheared the centering pin your axle could slide back on the leaves.
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Unread 10-15-2009, 02:54 PM   #7
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Thanks I'll check that....but the thing about the pothole is it was a very small one, like going over a manhole cover or something like that. That is what is so perplexing about this problem, though I am going to check it out this weekend when I have more than 5 minutes to do anything. Thanks everyone for your help!
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Unread 10-15-2009, 03:04 PM   #8
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Do you have a steering stabilizer installed? If not... installing one will limit violent motions like you experienced...
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Unread 10-15-2009, 03:38 PM   #9
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Yeah I think there is one installed...it sort of looks like a shock and is right under the front of the jeep right?
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Unread 10-15-2009, 03:53 PM   #10
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Yeah I think there is one installed...it sort of looks like a shock and is right under the front of the jeep right?
Yes the steering stabilizer looks like a small shock mounted horizontally under the front of your rig.
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Unread 10-15-2009, 05:34 PM   #11
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Ok I'll probably replace that too along with the ball joints and see how that fares. Do you know if I would have to buy the whole kit or just the replacement stabalizer?
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Unread 10-15-2009, 06:10 PM   #12
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might be a good idea to check the steering shaft. I had a bad coupler joint that caused my CJ to dance all over the road.
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Unread 10-15-2009, 09:54 PM   #13
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oh i thought thats how all cj's drove!!! Guess not haha
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Unread 10-16-2009, 06:19 AM   #14
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OK nobody ask the right question.....HOW FAST WERE YOU GOING WHEN YOU HIT THE POTHOLE

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Unread 10-16-2009, 06:24 AM   #15
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Does the steering wheel sit in a new position now?
Did the steering wheel move when the jeep lurched?
Have a friend move your wheel as you look at the steering components.
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