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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-16-2002, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
 
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Steering is jerky

Quick question, 78 CJ-7 304. I have 30 in mud terrian tires. My steering will pull real quick and is hard to keep on the road, "no power steering" I belive I need a new sterring stablizer, is this a start to at least improve the problem?
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Re: Steering is jerky

If your steering wants to turn when you let go of the wheel, you need more caster. A stabilizer will only mask the problem or slow down the rate at which it turns to one side or the other.
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Re: Steering is jerky

Common problem when the axle u-joints start binding up.
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Yup, change the U joints. The same thing was happening to me, I changed the joints. Problem went away.
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boy dont i feel like a loser, i was just going to start replacing parts in my 76 cj5 to correct that awful steering problem, and i never thought of checking the u-joints, glad i found this post... :P
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Re: Steering is jerky

While you're there, it wouldn't hurt to check your wheel bearings. Just jack up the front, grab the tire top and bottom, and see if it wiggles.
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Re: Steering is jerky

I am having the same problem. Only sometimes after turning a corner, the steering wheel doesen't go all the way straight. And like every 30sec the wheel jerks and I have to straighten it out. The longer I drive it slowly goes away. I will check out the u-joints, but I know that my ft wheel bearings are worn. Does anyone have a rough est on the cost of ft wheel bearings? And is this a good tyme to replace axel seals?
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Re: Steering is jerky

i fixed one of my problems, when i got the jeep if i turned right it would catch a little bit, couldnt figure it out, then i looked at the adjusting sleave on my tie rod and the dang bolt was rubbing my leaf spring when i turned.... not good!! P.O. must have been none too smart not to check that.....
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