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post #1 of 5 Old 04-09-2020, 08:33 AM Thread Starter
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Just now rolling over 100k miles. Been feeling some steering weirdness so I get one front wheel up in the air and push at 3 and 9 and sure enough there's some wobble. Pushing at 12 and 6 gives no play at all.

Although I'll probably be replacing the worn part myself I need some help diagnosing what all might need to be replaced. And since I need an alignment anyway I've made a deal w/ my local Goodyear tire shop to do a pre alignment inspection and identify my bad part(s) so I can replace them before they do the job.

When I drop the car off what specific parts should I ask them to look at? I'm sure tie rod ends but what other kind of worn parts could be causing movement on the 3-9 push test?

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post #2 of 5 Old 04-09-2020, 04:05 PM
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when it was off the ground a few inches. to test the lower BJ i would use a pry bar under the tire to check for up and down, if so its worn. the upper can be done with the 12 and 6.

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On your XJ, the only alignment is castor and toe. Unless you have adj. upper CA's, then the only adj. is toe. This you can do yourself... no reason to pay a shop IMHO.
Any 'weirdness' in the steering will typically be b/c of lift and/or worn parts. I.E. TRE ends and ball joints as Doc pointed out. I would start there. 100K on the clock and it could be time for new parts replaced anyway. my $.o2

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I'm in the middle of dealing with the same, for me it ended up being basically everything, tie rods, ball joints. Replaced those it got a bit better but the wheel was cambered out a good inch and a half on the passenger side, the wheel bearing ended up being shot to hell, wheel wobbled every which way and the guys at the tire place refused to take the tire off unless i was getting it taken care of. (that particular problem was from hitting a wall at the end of an icy hill.) So i drove home and took my other car to grab the part, was a super easy fix after the ball joints, all the corrosion had already been broken off. Now I just need to evn it out on the other side and get it aligned, and may have to swap the steering box as well if the steering is still straying.

Basically, TL: DR Check your rods/stabilizer, check your wheel hub (the most likely cause if your wheel is wobbley while jacked), check ball joints, and once those are all good if you still have issues it's probably the box.
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Right on thanks for the help guys.

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