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Unread 04-11-2009, 10:33 AM   #1
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steering at low speeds wheel jerks

Ive got what feels to be power steering problem.When i turn the wheel at slow speeds the steering wheel jerks when turning almost feels like it in 4wheel drive.I turn the wheel at a dead stop and i dont get that feeling.ive tried taking it in and out of fwd a couple of times did not work and ideas thanks.at cruiseing speed i dont feel it as much.

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Unread 04-11-2009, 11:01 AM   #2
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Have you checked you fluid level?
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Unread 04-11-2009, 01:03 PM   #3
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I had what sounds to be this same issue in my 1999 Jeep Laredo about 2 months ago. I'm a car dealer and have excellent service guys that work for me. I had just replaced the transfer case to find that I had this issue lined up right behind it. My service guys told me it was my in my fronts and rears (didn't diagnose which at that point...I sold the car at auction). Does it only happen when you turn the wheel really sharp, or sometimes worse in reverse than forward? I will do my best to find out more about this in the meantime. Message me back with the actual details on when and how it happens when your driving.
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Unread 04-12-2009, 12:23 AM   #4
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One or both of the u-joints in your front axles are probably dried out and starting to bind.
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Unread 04-13-2009, 08:27 AM   #5
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Don't think its the u-joints. They make a noticeable clicking noise when turning at any speed and won't create steering jerks that were described as feeling like its in 4x4.
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Unread 12-11-2012, 08:25 PM   #6
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wen i put my jeep in fwd it sounds like its ticking what would be the cause of this
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Unread 12-11-2012, 08:40 PM   #7
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Are you trying to drive on pavement in 4wd?
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Unread 12-12-2012, 07:34 AM   #8
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Don't think its the u-joints. They make a noticeable clicking noise when turning at any speed and won't create steering jerks that were described as feeling like its in 4x4.
Yes they will make the steering jerk at slow speeds.

OP it sounds like axle u joints to me, that is what mine felt like when they went.
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Unread 12-12-2012, 09:01 AM   #9
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u-joints x3
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Unread 12-12-2012, 09:34 AM   #10
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Sounds like a U-joint, and is easy to check. Mine never made a sound when it went bad, but I got the slow speed jerk in the wheel, and all the needle rollers were rusted away in one of the caps.
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Unread 12-12-2012, 04:22 PM   #11
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Are you trying to drive on pavement in 4wd?
yes... but makes a ticking noise off road also and gets louder with acceleration
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Unread 12-12-2012, 04:23 PM   #12
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wouldnt the front ujoints tick whike in 2wd also
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Unread 12-13-2012, 12:52 AM   #13
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When my power steering was going out the wheel didn't jerk, it just felt harder and harder to turn it. Had to put 2 hands on the wheel to turn it.
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Unread 12-13-2012, 11:10 AM   #14
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Front axle U-joints X7 or X8 where ever I am in the order...
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One or both of the u-joints in your front axles are probably dried out and starting to bind.
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Yes they will make the steering jerk at slow speeds.

OP it sounds like axle u joints to me, that is what mine felt like when they went.
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u-joints x3
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Sounds like a U-joint, and is easy to check. Mine never made a sound when it went bad, but I got the slow speed jerk in the wheel, and all the needle rollers were rusted away in one of the caps.
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Front axle U-joints X7 or X8 where ever I am in the order...
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