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post #1 of 9 Old 05-22-2017, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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Crooked Steering Wheel

For some reason my steering wheel is aligned at the 10:00 position. Any idea how to realign the wheel so that it is aligned straight up and down when driving straight ahead?
Possible cause- I recently replaced a power steering hose. To get the air out of the line I turned the steering wheel back and forth several times. I suspect the steering caught when my steering wheel was somewhat cockeyed.

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post #2 of 9 Old 05-22-2017, 12:11 PM
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Adjustment sleeve on the drag link.
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post #3 of 9 Old 05-22-2017, 12:14 PM
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You have bent or knocked something, turning the wheel to bleed the PS won't do it.

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post #4 of 9 Old 05-22-2017, 12:15 PM
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With the steering wheel cocked to the left at its 10 o'clock position, that means the drag link that connects the steering box to the knuckle on the passenger-side is a tad too long. As Biff suggested above, adjust the short adjustment sleeve on the drag link to recenter the steering wheel. In this case, to shorten the drag link a tad, rotate the adjustment sleeve so the front of it moves upward a tad.

But it's unusual for the drag link to become too long without something like the track bar or tie rod having been bent. Have you been offroading so something might have bent?
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For some reason my steering wheel is aligned at the 10:00 position. Any idea how to realign the wheel so that it is aligned straight up and down when driving straight ahead?
Possible cause- I recently replaced a power steering hose. To get the air out of the line I turned the steering wheel back and forth several times. I suspect the steering caught when my steering wheel was somewhat cockeyed.
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Uh Oh Jerry- Now that you mention it I did run off the trail a bit this weekend. Wasn't anything big but I bet that is what caused the problem. Funny thing is the jeep drives straight as an arrow. I will have to take a look at things after work tonight.
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Uh Oh Jerry- Now that you mention it I did run off the trail a bit this weekend. Wasn't anything big but I bet that is what caused the problem. Funny thing is the jeep drives straight as an arrow. I will have to take a look at things after work tonight.


Yeah, I did the same thing a couple of years back. Missed the big rock (with my steering & axle) but did not see the stump that was in the tall grass/weeds. It drove OK but it gave me the excuse for a Currie steering upgrade.....


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post #8 of 9 Old 06-24-2017, 04:51 PM
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i got a question, not sure if it is related to this or not... but, my steering wheel alingment MOVES, sometimes its level with the horizon, (while wheels are pointed straight), and sometimes the steering wheel is cocked to one side or the other.... (while the wheels are pointed straight).

currently the steering wheel is 180 degrees upside-down... the turn-signals don't work properly. they wont dis-engage.

why is this... Ive tried to figure out different ways, but it just seems random... like, I will turn the motor off, and crank on the steering wheel and turn the tires, then turn the motor on, and steering pump, and sometime it makes a little difference in one direction, and sometime it makes a difference in a different direction...

is this signs of a bad steering pump?

1990 YJ wrangler. 2" lift kit 1.25" body lift. 32" tires. new tie-rod, link, etc.... all 1" new steering suspension..... old power steering pump and steering wheel...
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i got a question, not sure if it is related to this or not... but, my steering wheel alingment MOVES, sometimes its level with the horizon, (while wheels are pointed straight), and sometimes the steering wheel is cocked to one side or the other.... (while the wheels are pointed straight).

currently the steering wheel is 180 degrees upside-down... the turn-signals don't work properly. they wont dis-engage.

why is this... Ive tried to figure out different ways, but it just seems random... like, I will turn the motor off, and crank on the steering wheel and turn the tires, then turn the motor on, and steering pump, and sometime it makes a little difference in one direction, and sometime it makes a difference in a different direction...

is this signs of a bad steering pump?

1990 YJ wrangler. 2" lift kit 1.25" body lift. 32" tires. new tie-rod, link, etc.... all 1" new steering suspension..... old power steering pump and steering wheel...
I'd make sure your track bar bolts are tight and that it's not moving around on the axle end.

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