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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-24-2002, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Steering Problem?

My dad has an 86 CJ and it has a 2.5 inch lift. He is running his stock tires for winter and all of the sudden the jeep started to wander really bad. It is at the point where it can't drive straight down the road and is unsafe. I was wondering if anyone would have any ideas about the main cause of this? Does it sound like Tie Rod ends, ball joints or the actual steering box? If you sit in the jeep you can rotate the steering wheel about a 1/3 of the way around before it moves the tires. Anyhow any ideaS?? Any specific way to check the gear box for play. thanks a bunch. Mike

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Re: Steering Problem?

Some of the play is probably from the box, but there are a few cheaper things to fix first which should help a lot. Check the tie-rod ends, get someone to move the wheel back and forth while you watch the linkage from under the truck. You'll probably see some play. The other thing to check is the coupler which attaches the steering shaft to the steering box. Inside the rubber boot ar two square bearings which are known to wear down creating slack. Grab the steering shaft and move it back and forth to see if there's slack in the coupler. All the parts for the coupler (casing, bearings, boot) can be bought from Collins Brothers (, 4WD Hardware, Q-Tec or Mopar. The tie-rod ends are a serious safety issue if they're worn to the point of almost failing, the coupling is simply another source of slack.


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