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post #1 of 8 Old 05-13-2003, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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steering problems

Lately when i would drive the CJ there was a wobble in the steering wheel. Not like loose steering but more like the wheels were wobbling and making the steering wheel move back and forth.

This weekend it got way worse. I was driving down my street and all of a sudden the steering got REAL touchy. and it started wobbling like crazy. To the point where I can't even drive it on the road cause it won't go into a straight line. If I make a tight turn either left or right the problem goes away for a short time (like 1 minute) but then it comes back again.

I looked at all the steering parts while it was parked but I didn't see anything that looked out of the ordinary. The on;y way I think I will be able to tell is if someone drives it and I look underneath while its moving.

Does anyone have any ideas where to start. I recently greased all my nipples (like 1,500 miles ago) that I could find and my tires aren't out of alignment... help

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post #2 of 8 Old 05-13-2003, 12:55 PM
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Check your hubs. Make sure they aren't locked up. That'd be the first place I'd look. Another other posibility is the joint in your steering shaft is going/gone bad. Other that that, I can't think of anything obvious at the moment. Perhaps your steering pump's gone bad? Maybe it's sending to much fluid at the wrong times make it steer without being told to? Check your steering box too, those have a habit (or so I'm told) of going bad.

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You might want to make sure that all of your wheel lug bolts are good and tight.

I did some work on my brakes a few weeks ago and a couple of days later I had some real steering problems....turns out that I had not tightened my lugs enough and one of the rear wheels was loose. Lesson learned!

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post #4 of 8 Old 05-13-2003, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, one of the first things I checked was the PS fluid resivor and the lugs... both are normal. I am thinking its something to do with the pump because it only happenes occoasionally when I make very sharp turns...

anyone else have any ideas?

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post #5 of 8 Old 05-13-2003, 07:57 PM
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You can confirm the pump by removing the PS belt and driving it around the block (or in your case, a straight line) and see if it still happenes....
Could also be worn ball joints, bad tie rod ends, front axle U- Joints binding, loose steering box, or your Jeep just wanting attention.

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I'm with OIAJC (the last post), but also check the your spring U-bolts. They can and do come loose (unless you are doing a spring swap !@#$%), and the effects of this are really weird and unpredicable.

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Tell us more about your rig. Does it have a lift kit on it? How long are the shackles? What size and kind of tires?

I've read a lot of posts about "Death Wobble". That is what this sounds like. This is usually caused by long shackles and not enough caster in the front end alignment. Other causes are worn front end parts, worn wheel bearings, loose lugs, bad tires, steering and alignment. The usual problem is alignment caused by lifting the body/suspension imporperly. The problem is often masked by use of steering damper. If you get a new steering damper the problem will probably go away, but that really only masks the problem which should be addressed.

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PS - do a search on "death wobble" for more input. This is very common.

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post #8 of 8 Old 05-16-2003, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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thanks for all the tips, I am going to go home this weekend and give it the once over.

I will post my results.

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