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post #1 of 3 Old 08-18-2019, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Question WJ Alignment - Bad Gearbox?

So I just replaced Tie Rod, Tie Rod Ends, Drag Link, Upper and Lower Ball Joints on my WJ, which has a 3" lift, 114K miles. I took it to Belle Tire to get an alignment, they told me they set the toe, but when they centered the wheel, that my gear box is bad, cuz after they centered it, as soon as you turn the wheel it goes out. Anybody have any thoughts on this? I haven't really experienced any issues turning, etc. It did feel a little loose, but I don't know if that's because I was driving something else for a while, while I was doing all the front end work to my WJ and was used to how that felt..

Anyway, if anyone has any thoughts on this, and if there's something I should try/check, I'd appreciate it.

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post #2 of 3 Old 08-18-2019, 04:09 PM
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I just rebuilt the the front end on my WJ, my problem was different though. I was wandering all over the road and I initially thought the gear box had had it. So my gear box was still good, I found a couple bad tie rod ends I also noticed excessive play from the track bar bushings (something you didnít mention replacing in your thread). Once I replaced the track bar it tightened everything up. So, eliminate the last thing you didnít touch as a potential problem by inspecting the track bar bushings when someone is moving the steering wheel back and forth. If those are fine, only one thing left, gear box.

With the wheels on the ground, I would think you would see the gear box skip or pop when turning the wheel to throw it all off. (Just a thought)


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I just rebuilt the the front end on my WJ, my problem was different though. I was wandering all over the road and I initially thought the gear box had had it. So my gear box was still good, I found a couple bad tie rod ends I also noticed excessive play from the track bar bushings (something you didnít mention replacing in your thread). Once I replaced the track bar it tightened everything up. So, eliminate the last thing you didnít touch as a potential problem by inspecting the track bar bushings when someone is moving the steering wheel back and forth. If those are fine, only one thing left, gear box.

With the wheels on the ground, I would think you would see the gear box skip or pop when turning the wheel to throw it all off. (Just a thought)


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The track bar was replaced a few years ago, with an IRO adjustable(when I installed the lift). The track bar bushings seemed fine, but I'll check them again. I did notice entire jeep pulled to the left and right a tad when turning the wheel to full lock, and the front corners of the Jeep go up on the side that you turn in the direction of(not sure if this is normal having a lift and 31 1/2" tires.. ) But not real movement track bar, control arm bushings, etc.

And no, there is zero popping, skipping or anything like that in the gear box when turning the wheel.
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