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post #1 of 4 Old 07-04-2020, 09:04 AM Thread Starter
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Tons of Play In Steering Gear

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Ok, 1998 Cherokee sport 4wd 4.0. Over the years my steering has developed about 6-inches of play. about three in each direction from relaxed center. I purchased a new/rebuilt steering gear box from autozone about a year ago. I've been replacing parts ever since trying to eliminate the play which still existed after the swap. There is nothing left to replace. There's a ton of play in the steering and adjusting the worm screw doesn't seem to do anything but making the steering tighter. it doesn't take away the slop/play. I've never run into this before and cant seem to resolve it. Is it possible that the rebuilt box had the same problem I was already having? is it possible that I purchased a bad "new" box? Please help.

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post #2 of 4 Old 07-04-2020, 10:34 AM
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I had this issue with the part store boxes being junk, went thru about 5 warranties before I bought a redhead. Redhead comes with new upgraded bearing where the remans just have new seals and donít fix any play.

After I had my readhead installed I still had some play and turns out it was the steering box flexing on the frame, solved that issue with a Ironman4x4fab box brace. Although if you have a stock jeep thatís probably not your issue and my unibody was probably just fatigued from all the dumb stuff I do offroad.

Could also be your actual steering shaft from the wheel to the steering box that can get worn out and cause play that you feel in the wheel.

Also check thru your steering components including your trackbar and balljoints.


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post #3 of 4 Old 07-04-2020, 02:26 PM
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Is it possible that the rebuilt box had the same problem I was already having? is it possible that I purchased a bad "new" box?
It's more likely that the problem was not the box in the first place. Have you laid under the Jeep while someone else steers back and forth. I usually do that with the motor off. It could even be your upper steering shaft loose on it's u-joints or clamps.

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post #4 of 4 Old 07-04-2020, 06:23 PM
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Do the steering inspection.
While a friend moves the wheel back and forth, you get under the rig and observe every steering component from the steering column down to the tie rod ends. 6" of slop should be easy to find.


Don't forget, if you have a lift, you need to insure the box is centered.

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