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post #1 of 10 Old 09-15-2021, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Steering Shaft Question

Been awhile since I have been on here as my 97 TJ has been working for about a year without any problems. A new record for me.

But there is one thing I am still trying to diagnose, wandering steering even after having replaced most crucial parts. I think I may have narrowed it down depending on the answer to this question:

Where my steering shaft connects to the steering box, should there be any play here? I can rotate the steering shaft maybe a half inch in either direction before it engages. I know it's not the steering gear box as I recently replaced with the Durango upgrade. I can see that it is the knuckle on the steering shaft, just don't have the knowledge whether this should have play in it.

If it shouldn't have play, is there something that can be tightened or is it just worn?

If a picture would help, I can load one tonight.

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post #2 of 10 Old 09-15-2021, 11:33 PM
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Sounds normal to me. How's the alignment?

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Sounds normal to me. How's the alignment?
Had it aligned about a year ago and haven't done any big offroading since then besides Forest Service roads.

If that kind of play in the steering shaft is normal then I'll have to start looking at other things.
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There should be zero play or slop there. A pic would help, but I think I know the connection you are talking about. There is a pinch bolt.

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There should be zero play or slop there. A pic would help, but I think I know the connection you are talking about. There is a pinch bolt.

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Yes, I believe pinch bolt sounds right. It's the knuckle that attaches directly to the shaft coming out of the steering gear box. That is where the slop is. I am the one who replaces my steering gear box so I wonder if I didn't attach correctly? The steering gear box shaft isn't moving, it's the actual steering wheel shaft that has the slop. I'll get a picture posted.

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If I remember correctly when I replaced my gearbox, the input from the gearbox has a flat spot so the steering shaft can only go on one way. Then the pinch bolt will tighten it in place.

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The steering shaft u joints will wear and get sloppy.

Yes, there is a flat spot on the input shaft.

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The steering shaft u joints will wear and get sloppy.

Yes, there is a flat spot on the input shaft.
Do you know if this is something where I purchase a section of the steering shaft or just go with the whole thing?
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It's the whole shaft. Just replaced the one on my YJ.
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It's the whole shaft. Just replaced the one on my YJ.
just checked a view videos on this and since the steering shaft is basically the last steering component I haven't replaced on my 190k TJ I might as well get a new one and schedule a weekend to do it. I have to build up my patience and courage before jumping into this because I usually run into some sort of problem.

If anyone has any hints or things to watch out for when doing this job please let me know.

And, any comments on whether I should choose a Dorman or Crown?

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