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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-22-2003, 11:50 PM
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84 CJ steering not returning after turn?

What cause the steering wheel to, NOT return by itself, i have to turn both ways, (to turn and then to steighten out)????

currently has a 2" add a spring.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 06-23-2003, 12:01 AM
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Re: 84 CJ steering not returning after turn?

More than likly a lack of caster on the front axle. If it's hard to maintain a staight course down the road too thats probly the problem. If it drives straight without constant correction,your steering box maybe adjusted way to tight. Or some joints are bound up real bad.good luck.gas. [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]
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Re: 84 CJ steering not returning after turn?

If I were you I'd check out a few things......maybe somebody snuck out late one night and put full hydraulic steering in.
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Re: 84 CJ steering not returning after turn?

1. I guess my question is,
2. Did this problem just start?
3. Or was it apparent after the lift?
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Re: 84 CJ steering not returning after turn?

I second the caster problem. You don't by chance have extended shackles on it also, do you?

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Re: 84 CJ steering not returning after turn?

More than likly a lack of caster on the front axle. If it's hard to maintain a staight course down the road too thats probly the problem. If it drives straight without constant correction,your steering box maybe adjusted way to tight. Or some joints are bound up


It drives down the road very streight (without correction),
but if i turn the wheel to stay between the lines, i must also turn it back.

I have 1" play in steering.
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Re: 84 CJ steering not returning after turn?

This is how it has always been since my purchase.

I have an 1" play in steering wheel, it drives streight down the highway, but, if i turn the wheel i must also turn it back.

the steering is not hard, and i dont feel their is any binding.
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Re: 84 CJ steering not returning after turn?

No, it has the stock shackles.

how is the castor checked? and what is castor?, is that the angle of the pitman arm?
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Re: 84 CJ steering not returning after turn?

I had that problem with an '85 Toy once. Right after I installed a new and expensive after market steering damper. It was just too much damper for the truck. Try pulling the damper off and drive around the block. You may atleast eliminate something simple as the culprit. [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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Re: 84 CJ steering not returning after turn?

The problem that I had with my 86 CJ-7 was that the ball joints were froze. I replaced all four and the problem went away. It was an easy fix and took the better part of a day. Now it drives great with 31 in tires and self centers with no problem. Yes I thought it was the caster and I had it checked and then I thought it may be a worn steering box and I replaced that. When all it was was the ball joints.
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