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Unread 08-21-2013, 06:52 AM   #1
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My steering wheel isnt right

When I drive a strait line down the road, my steering wheel is turned about 20 degrees the left. The steering is tight, and works fine, its just weird. I don't need a big project right now, but it bugs me enough that I want it fixed. What is involved in straitening it out?

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Unread 08-21-2013, 07:08 AM   #2
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First of all, you should try to see if the wheel isn't on straight, or if it is misaligned. Take the wheel, crank all the way left, then start cranking right and count the revolutions. Take half of that and find the midpoint turn the wheel by that amount and see if the wheel sits straight or not.

If the wheel sits straight at the midpoint, then it's going to be adjustments in the suspension. If the wheel sits crooked, you can rent or buy a steering wheel puller and straighten the wheel so it sits right at the midpoint... then recheck the alignment.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 07:25 AM   #3
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That's a good way to check where the problem is, but as I recall from the last time I did this (about 25 years ago, so forgive me if I'm wrong), you need to adjust the wheel angle at the steering box. You can't pull the steering wheel and reset it to the right angle because of a little post (for the horn contact I think) that comes through where the steering wheel mates to the column.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 07:30 AM   #4
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As long as the wheel itself is on straight, it's a matter of adjusting the drag link. There's an adjustable sleeve that you can tighten or loosen which will turn the wheel left or right and will allow you to recenter it. When I last did mine it took 15 minutes or so and would have been even faster if I had someone else to watch the wheel while I adjusted the drag link.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 07:38 AM   #5
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As long as the wheel itself is on straight, it's a matter of adjusting the drag link. There's an adjustable sleeve that you can tighten or loosen which will turn the wheel left or right and will allow you to recenter it. When I last did mine it took 15 minutes or so and would have been even faster if I had someone else to watch the wheel while I adjusted the drag link.
Yep. That sounds right! My wheel is actually a bit crooked too. This refresher will motivate me to fix it...along with the damn blinker that doesn't cancel itself.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 09:44 AM   #6
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http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f310/...wheel-1529152/

this from the wj board but, I think you'll get the point
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Unread 08-21-2013, 10:02 AM   #7
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Yep. That sounds right! My wheel is actually a bit crooked too. This refresher will motivate me to fix it...along with the damn blinker that doesn't cancel itself.
Takes five minutes to fix. The blinker cancel...that's a bit more involved Definitely worth it, was one of the first things I had to do when I brought my CJ home.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 10:49 AM   #8
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As long as the wheel itself is on straight, it's a matter of adjusting the drag link. There's an adjustable sleeve that you can tighten or loosen which will turn the wheel left or right and will allow you to recenter it.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 10:55 AM   #9
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Thanks Coiz.

There's the image for what you need to adjust. There are 2 bolts to loosen (13 mm if memory serves correctly), and you only need to loosen them a little to allow the sleeve to rotate. I used a stubby flat head screw driver in the slot of the sleeve to help rotate the sleeve. Vice grips work too but I didn't feel like biting into the paint with the vice grips. Set the wheels straight (so your steering wheel is now crooked) then adjust the sleeve until the steering wheel is straight. Re-tighten the two bolts on the sleeve and you're done.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 10:58 AM   #10
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Be sure that the column isn't locked (key in the on position) when you try to adjust the drag link. Being a CJ, I'd like to think the nuts are 1/2", not 13mm.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 11:37 AM   #11
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There might be enough adjustment by pulling the wheel for only 20*. The lockplate that holds the horn button down is slotted and will allow for minor adjustments. Mines off 90* so there is no chance for that and it doesn't bother me so I'm too lazy to correct it using the drag link.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 12:27 PM   #12
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It worked. Less than 15 minutes. Thanks for the tip about unlocking the wheel.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 12:47 PM   #13
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The steering wheel is mounted on an indexed spline. Can only go on one way.
Make note of the clamp bolt position in the picture. Keep'em like that.
You may need to soak the drag link with penetrant oil to get it to rotate.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 01:15 PM   #14
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The steering wheel is mounted on an indexed spline. Can only go on one way.
Make note of the clamp bolt position in the picture. Keep'em like that.
You may need to soak the drag link with penetrant oil to get it to rotate.
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The splines for the steering wheel are not indexed, the splines that the lock plate go on is. The lock plate has slotted holes that the horn button goes through. There is slight adjustment. Maybe 20* but like in my situation not even close to enough since my wheel has been 90* off for the past 10 years caused when I replaced my steering box.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 01:50 PM   #15
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The splines on my '85 OEM tilt column are index spine. I have had the s'wheel off to many times in the last 28 Yrs.
IIRC, same for my son's '79 CJ-5.
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