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post #1 of 51 Old 01-05-2008, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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how to straighten steering wheel?

i just put in a replacment tie rod and the alignment is mostly straight.. But now the steering wheel is to the side. How to straighten it out? pull the pitman arm, striaghten wheen and re attactch? Will the shop be able to do it if i brought it in for an alignment?


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post #2 of 51 Old 01-05-2008, 12:17 PM
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It's really easy...takes 5 minutes. It's the second half of this write-up, after the alignment instructions:

http://www.4x4xplor.com/alignment.html
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I have tried this and I am maxed out/in. Can't get any more adjustment out of drag link to completely straighten steering wheel

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post #4 of 51 Old 01-05-2008, 12:38 PM
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I have tried this and I am maxed out/in. Can't get any more adjustment out of drag link to completely straighten steering wheel
Then you're doing something wrong. Is the steering wheel unlocked so it can turn?

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yes it is, yes

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The nuts on my drag link turn-buckle are so damn rusted, I PB Blasted 'em Thrusday night, 3 times yesterday, once this morning, and with a foot long, 1/2" ratchet with a deep socket, I can't get them to budge... what tools do you guys use? Are yours rusty? Mines a 10 year old Chicago TJ, so they're pretty bad, but I have had alignments before and they fixed the steering wheel before, but a local shop wants the $60 alignment fee to do it, so I walked away...

What to do... Air gun maybe? I know one guy who could help me there, but it'd cost maybe $20..

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Mines not rusty, it's a new Currie HD drag link. I got it installed at a tire shop along with alignment and they returned it to me with the wheel off center. I didn't believe them so I went to adjust it myself and sure enough there is no more adjustment.

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They may have screwed up the installation of the drag link sleeve so the two sides of the drag link are not screwed in equally on both sides. Which is why I prefer doing that kind of work on my own.

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I'll check, but it's the opposite for me. When I try to do things that's usually when the trouble begins.

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The nuts on my drag link turn-buckle are so damn rusted, I PB Blasted 'em Thrusday night, 3 times yesterday, once this morning, and with a foot long, 1/2" ratchet with a deep socket, I can't get them to budge... what tools do you guys use? Are yours rusty? Mines a 10 year old Chicago TJ, so they're pretty bad, but I have had alignments before and they fixed the steering wheel before, but a local shop wants the $60 alignment fee to do it, so I walked away...

What to do... Air gun maybe? I know one guy who could help me there, but it'd cost maybe $20..

Use a breaker bar. 12" isn't that much leverage. If you don't have one, you could slip a pipe over your ratchet but that's a good way to kill the ratchet. Get something closer to 2' and you should be able to turn most things on the jeep. Unless it's really rusted and snaps...
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So messing with the draglink/steering wheel adjustment wont effect the $75 alignment I just had done?
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So messing with the draglink/steering wheel adjustment wont effect the $75 alignment I just had done?
Nope, it only affects the steering wheel's centering. And next time, do your own alignment using the above link in post #2 and save $75. The only two things that can even be done on your TJ is the toe-in which is VERY easy to do using that link, and centering your steering wheel. There's not much to a TJ's front-end aligment.

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No, you usually adjust the steering wheel after the alignment anyways..

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Not to hijack this thread, but I'm under the impression that the only thing to adjust when aligning the front end is the toe-in/out. There's no way to adjust the camber as far as I know? It seems like a lot of people take it to a shop to have it aligned and I just want to make sure I'm not missing something.
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No, you usually adjust the steering wheel after the alignment anyways.
Close. You always adjust (center) the steering wheel after the alignment.

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