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Unread 04-06-2003, 12:25 PM   #1
Ned97sahara
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steering wheel shakes when I turn

When I make a slow turn the steering wheel jumps as if it were in four wheel drive. It doesn't shake as bad as if it were in four wheel drive but the wheel makes the same jerking motion very slightly. I can't figure out what the problem is. Did anybody ever have this problem?

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Unread 04-06-2003, 12:31 PM   #2
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Re: steering wheel shakes when I turn

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When I make a slow turn the steering wheel jumps as if it were in four wheel drive. It doesn't shake as bad as if it were in four wheel drive but the wheel makes the same jerking motion very slightly. I can't figure out what the problem is. Did anybody ever have this problem?

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Sounds like it could be a lot of things. Do you have a dropped pitman arm? A dropped pitman arm can cause bumpsteer. Which I am assuming is what you have.

Check all the bolts on the front end to make sure they are tight. Especially the trackbar...HTH
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Unread 04-06-2003, 02:52 PM   #3
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Can you get bumpsteer on a stock TJ? The only thing I have done to it is put 31's on it and it seemed to start when I took my hard top and full steel doors off. At least I didn't notice it until then. Everything seems tight in the steering. Is it possible that my hubs are engaging sometimes when not in 4 wheel drive?
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2nd jeep:97 TJ sahara locked and loaded w/7" of lift and 35's (sold for WJ)
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Unread 04-06-2003, 06:52 PM   #4
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How many miles have you put on the 31s since you last rotated them? Although it's not necessary to rotate them every 5 grand, it's pretty important once you hit 10 or so.
Once the front tires start cupping they'll cause the steering wheel to vibrate a little, sometimes mistaken for bumpsteer.
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