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post #1 of 9 Old 12-19-2020, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Steering is off . Help please.

So I've made a couple posts already ablut the GC , 2 weeks ago I bought a 95 zj with 4.0L and 249 t case. The lady I bought it from complained about steering being bad and actually had a used one that came with it. She just didn't end up replacing it when she got a brand new car. So the one that was in there now was ****ty was leaking pretty good and to drive straight the wheel was at 11 o clock. I swapped out the box for the better shape one it came with. Went for a drive and now the steering wheel is at 1 o clock to drive straight. How can i straighten out this steering wheel? And there still some play in the box i should i tighten up that adjustment bolt a little bit to tighten up some of the free play?

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post #2 of 9 Old 12-20-2020, 06:43 AM
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Adjust the length of the track bar to adjust steering wheel position. I would check toe in also.

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Adjust the length of the track bar to adjust steering wheel position. I would check toe in also.

This track bar isn't adjustable. Don't you mean the drag link that goes to pitman arm?
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This track bar isn't adjustable. Don't you mean the drag link that goes to pitman arm?
Youve got it...

When you park the Jeep, keep the wheel turned to where the wheels are straight. Have someone sit in the Jeep while you loosen the bolts on the adjuster. Turn it till the steering wheel is straight, tighten the bolts.... Its pretty easy long as the adjuster isnt rusted in place.

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This track bar isn't adjustable. Don't you mean the drag link that goes to pitman arm?
Youve got it...

When you park the Jeep, keep the wheel turned to where the wheels are straight. Have someone sit in the Jeep while you loosen the bolts on the adjuster. Turn it till the steering wheel is straight, tighten the bolts.... Its pretty easy long as the adjuster isnt rusted in place.

Awesome ya no problem. But if there is still some free play once I get everything straight is adjusting that lock nut onto of steering box going to help me out? I heard only to do micro adjustments. I know these jeeps are always going to have bit of play i just feel like it could be smidge tighter
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post #6 of 9 Old 12-20-2020, 10:10 AM
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Awesome thank you! I just don't want to install the used box then have to get an alignment lol is there and videos on adjusting these things ?
Before you install the new used box search out the adjustments that need to be done on the steering gearbox on the bench.
First and in this order, adjust the worm bearing preload (page 19-18 in the FSM) and when this is accomplished do the over center rotating torque adjustment which is on the same page in the FSM.

DO NOT TRY THIS WITH THE STEERING GEARBOX INSTALLED

FSM downloads are available @ west coast manuals for under $10, free on some websites I've heard.

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I'm assuming fsm stands for factory service manuals? Thanks for the info!!! I was about to just slap it on. BUT if I went and bought a new reman from the parts store would I still have to do this process? Thanks again!

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This track bar isn't adjustable. Don't you mean the drag link that goes to pitman arm?

Ops. Yep, drag link. Glad the guys stopped by and straightened that out.

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This track bar isn't adjustable. Don't you mean the drag link that goes to pitman arm?
Youve got it...

When you park the Jeep, keep the wheel turned to where the wheels are straight. Have someone sit in the Jeep while you loosen the bolts on the adjuster. Turn it till the steering wheel is straight, tighten the bolts.... Its pretty easy long as the adjuster isnt rusted in place.


I got it pretty close but not perfect still. I tighten the steering box adjusting nut about half turn
Its a little better for sure but steering is still off when driving. I think it may need an alignment.. which means I gotta replace the whole front end cause there going to pick it apart before they do anytning
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post #9 of 9 Old 12-26-2020, 01:25 PM
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Maybe try and find someone with another jeep to compare the steering characteristics. These Jeeps aren't really know for their razor sharp handling. More like a grain truck than anything.
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