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Unread 12-04-2005, 11:51 AM   #1
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popped out of alignment?

i just got out of the woods, when i went in my steering wheel was straight, when going through a mud puddle i started to get bogged down gave it some gas and hit a rock or something solid in the puddle pretty hard, well when i got back out on the road i noticed that in order to steer straight that the steering wheel had to be turned halfway to the left to go straight, it doesnt pull either way but has to be halfway turned to go straight, upon inspection nothing seems broken, no noises when turning the wheel, when parked i straightned the wheel and the tires were turned to the left a decent amount.

is it just out of alignment or could it be another issue that i am not seeing?

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Unread 12-04-2005, 11:55 AM   #2
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Alignment and Centering the Steering Wheel write up found here
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Unread 12-04-2005, 11:58 AM   #3
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yea i have seen that write i was just wondering if it could possibly be anything else that my cause this besides a simple alignment. thanx for the response
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Unread 12-04-2005, 12:06 PM   #4
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My only suggestion would be to do the alignment and if symptoms still exist go from there. If everything looks fine in your steering components I would assume alignment.
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Unread 12-04-2005, 12:28 PM   #5
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i just got out of the woods, when i went in my steering wheel was straight, when going through a mud puddle i started to get bogged down gave it some gas and hit a rock or something solid in the puddle pretty hard, well when i got back out on the road i noticed that in order to steer straight that the steering wheel had to be turned halfway to the left to go straight, it doesnt pull either way but has to be halfway turned to go straight, upon inspection nothing seems broken, no noises when turning the wheel, when parked i straightned the wheel and the tires were turned to the left a decent amount.

is it just out of alignment or could it be another issue that i am not seeing?
I bet you bent something. Jeeps just don't go out of alignment on their own.
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Unread 12-04-2005, 12:38 PM   #6
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I'm betting you bent your tie-rod. It's the thin tube going across your axle, right in front. Check that (it may appear straight but could be bent towards the axle). It's a really cheap part though
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Unread 12-04-2005, 12:52 PM   #7
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just did the front end aligmnent and recentered the steering wheel, my toe-in was fine, but it does feel like there is a slight pull but very little, it may just be me buggin out and thinking it is, the first thing i did when a get home was check for bent components, the tie-rod is not bent to the eye, but it could be just not noticeable, i didnt think it could just pop out of alignment like that either but i will take it to my friends shop for a second opinion. any other ideas i would like to hear them
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Unread 12-04-2005, 01:22 PM   #8
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The drag link can start to bend out [straighten] right where that curve is. This will cause what you experienced. If you find your steering off-center again I'll bet that's what's happening. Sooner or later the steering will start to hit the swaybar link mounts. Compare it to another TJ. See how much clearance you have when your wheel is turned hard right.
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Yup, you've undoubtably, bent the drag link.

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The drag link can start to bend out [straighten] right where that curve is. This will cause what you experienced. If you find your steering off-center again I'll bet that's what's happening. Sooner or later the steering will start to hit the swaybar link mounts. Compare it to another TJ. See how much clearance you have when your wheel is turned hard right.
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unfortunately, i dont have another tj to compare to, i did have to turn the drag link several times to get the wheel straight, it didnt look bent but i will examine it more tomm when i have more light, thanx for the reply
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