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Unread 01-19-2010, 08:52 AM   #1
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Steerings too tight?

This is my first 1980 CJ5 258 with manual steering.
I just replaced the steering box and steering column linkage.
Took it down the street and when I turn corners it does not straighten out by it's self.
I have to turn it back the other way or in up in the ditch.
I have loosened the nut and backed out the allen screw all it goes and is still to tight.
Is this just the way they are?

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Unread 01-19-2010, 10:37 AM   #2
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Not one person wants to chime in?

I wish I could delete this post?
Sorry if I posted a common question.
I did use the search feature and I did find another suggestion.
Thanks

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Unread 01-19-2010, 12:13 PM   #3
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Did you mess with the steering column at all?

If you over-tightened the nut, there is a chance you pressed something down that should not have been and is binding
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Unread 01-19-2010, 02:03 PM   #4
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You should never adjust that allen screw with the locknut as this sets the drag torque adjustment when bench testing the gearbox for worm bearing preload setting.

A steering wheel that does not return to center after making a turn usually indicates either worn upper and lower ball joints or poor castor angle. The axle castor should be around 6 for CJ models.
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Unread 01-19-2010, 06:08 PM   #5
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Did it do it before you replaced the steering box? If so I would say you have a tight ball joint or possibly tight axle u-joint. You can jack the front wheels off the ground and disconnect one tie rod end and try turning each wheel back and forth by hand to isolate the problem. Good luck.
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