loose steering - Off-Road Forums & Discussion Groups
Jeep-Short Wheelbase All discussion of short wheelbase Jeeps: CJ, TJ, YJ and JK

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-26-2002, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 594
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
 
loose steering

My steering is real loose by loose I mean its real easy to turn, too easy, so easy its probably a little dangerous. Im running 35in supper swampers and without even moving I can spin the steering wheel like the wheel of fortune and the tires will move at a 45 degree angle. Anyone had this problem? My power steering box is leaking pretty good too, do you think the box may be wore out? Any Ideas?
rubiconvict is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of (permalink) Old 05-26-2002, 08:14 PM
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Posts: 2,001
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
 
Re: loose steering

Check the bolts on the steering box from the frame.
Snug them down
Check the bolt on top of the box, see if it is snug too..
When did this start?
Maybe with the large tires, you have ripped one of the bolts out?I think after you get real large tires, you need a steering gear brace.
Other than that, I don't know..

JoeyCJ55 is offline  
post #3 of (permalink) Old 05-26-2002, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 594
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
 
Re: loose steering

I'll check that out thanks , its been like that for a while but it doesnt wonder on the road, it actually drives pretty good on the road, just reeeaaalllly easy to turn. I had one guy tell me the gears in the box were probably worn out but I wanted a second opinion from my fellow jeepers
rubiconvict is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of (permalink) Old 05-26-2002, 08:39 PM
Official Historian
 
WILL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Hot Springs, AR
Posts: 8,339
Thanks: 1
Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
 
Re: loose steering

Don't touch the bolt on top of the steering gear until you read how to adjust it. If you get it too tight or loose, you'll ruin your steering gear. It has to be adjusted with the steering shaft and pitman arm disconnected.
WILL is offline  
post #5 of (permalink) Old 05-26-2002, 09:46 PM
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Posts: 2,001
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
 
Re: loose steering

you can screw it up by tigthening it up too much?
well that sucks [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img]
I wonder if mine will eventually give up now..
bad news [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img]
JoeyCJ55 is offline  
post #6 of (permalink) Old 05-26-2002, 10:22 PM
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Posts: 769
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
 
Re: loose steering

Maybe it's the loose nut behind the wheel?
I couldn't resist [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
Jeeplvr is offline  
post #7 of (permalink) Old 05-26-2002, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 594
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
 
Re: loose steering

yea mabey a little bit of that too
rubiconvict is offline  
post #8 of (permalink) Old 05-27-2002, 11:32 AM
Moderator
 
Jim_Lou's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Belleville, Illinois
Posts: 11,485
Thanks: 15
Thanked 22 Times in 17 Posts
         
Re: loose steering

Is this a power steering box? If so, it could be a bad spring in the box. There's a valve that uses force applied to the steering wheel to control the hydraulic assist. A spring counteracts the valve. If the spring gets weak, I think, it can make the steering one-finger easy. I think it works that way - it's been a long time since I took one apart.

Anyway, it could be a problem in the steering box, which is something to take very seriously.
Jim_Lou is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Off-Road Forums & Discussion Groups forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome