Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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Re: New steering box, steering wheel of center
So let's see, before you went in, your steering wheel was straight, your alignment was good I'm assuming, but your box was leaking. You had the box replaced under waranty, and when you got it back, the wheel was clocked left. Seems to me that you should get it back fixed the right way. If that means they need to do another alignment to get it there then that;s their responsobility.
as for alignment of teeth on itman arms and Steering shafts, I couldn't say on TJ's but on the Waggy and CJ one's I've seen, the Pitman only goes on one way due to a big groove in the teeth, you'd have to have it off by a full turn. the steering shafts: My old manual CJ box had a horzontal groove for the retaining bolt that you had to align the coupler up to (same as my old Mini) on the waggy, the groove for te bolt went all the way around the input shaft so it was infinitly adjustable.... Agian, I don't know on the TJ, but I THINK I recall see my buddies old TJ box and it had a groove all the way around like the waggy.
I'd take it back and insist that they do it right, if the Service manager won't work with you, get the dealership manager involved and tell him how dissapointed you are with their willingness to do the job right, and fix it when it's wrong.