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post #1 of 8 Old 06-19-2017, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Steering Stabilizer - thoughts on symptoms?

Alright I'm down to a couple weeks till we hop in the motorhome and go camping. I finished the gas tank skid and now back to steering issues:


The Jeep's steering sort of binds at times. But otherwise it seems to turn okay. When bleeding the new gear box the wheels sort of stuttered as I turned from lock to lock. Now there is a definite dry old rubber squeak as I turn the wheels back and forth that seems to come from the steering stabilizer.

Is it possible that the steering stabilizer is so bad that its stiffened up to where it binds up the steering in a shuddering sort of way? I took it into a shop that tells me the ball joints are seized and the stabilizer is shot. But the wheel seems to turn easily enough (other than the stutter) that I wonder if the balljoint was seized, wouldnt it be tougher to turn?

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I seriously doubt that problem is caused by the steering stabilizer which is is more correctly called a steering damper. It's easily removed to eliminate that as a possibility, you could drive just fine without it. My bet is the steering box is toast and the cause of your problem, though I guess the ball joints could also cause that problem but they'd have to be REALLY bad to cause that.

A friend's TJ I was storing & driving a bunch for him to help him out had the same kind of jerky steering, I hated driving it. It had a bad steering box.

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Yeah, I really really dont want it to be the steering gear box. I've replaced the dang thing three times now. First new one was a cardone but after that it was a different brand. Msybe I'll pull the damper and see how it behaves.

Keep in mind this Jeep was from British Columbia, Canada and is VERY rusty underneath. My gas tank skid fell apart as I removed it. So the ball joints could be REALLY bad.. but the alignment was within spec, camber only out by half a degree but still in green.

Yeah I noticed some places call it a damper, some say stabilizer.
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Why not just take the stabilizer off or unmounts from one end and try to compress / decompress it. See how it feels.

I had a stabilizer that was so worn it was binding close to full compression, but couldn't never make it to full.

I am from BC and can attest to some rust...but not a lot. We don't ever get snow here , especially in the lower mainland. Unless the jeep was from up North in BC I can relate.

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Well popped it off, seems better but the main issue when driving is still there. Best way I heard it described was memory steer.

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I am from BC and can attest to some rust...but not a lot. We don't ever get snow here , especially in the lower mainland. Unless the jeep was from up North in BC I can relate.
I suppose its a myth from back when I was young. People always said BC vehicles had more rust.

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I suppose its a myth from back when I was young. People always said BC vehicles had more rust.
I think its more of a East coast thing as they use salt on their roads. Here in most parts of BC its sand IF we get icy/frosty temps

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People always said BC vehicles had more rust.
BC? (Before Christ).No rust protection back then.
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