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My '87 YJ has been sitting for about two weeks in the driveway. I started it up last night and took it for a ride. The steering felt really wierd. It felt as if the tires would be flat, but they're not. It was kind of hard to turn and then it got easier and then hard again. Hard to explain. It has been cool here in NY, but definetly not freezing. I was thinking maybe my power steering fluid was frozen or something, but wouldn't that have been cured once the Jeep warmed up? How do I check the level on the fluid? Is it in the container behind the radiator on the drivers side? Thanks in advance for the help.

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Re: Steering feels really wierd

Yes its in the container behind the radiator on the front of the engine. There's a cap on it.....just unscrew the cap and built into the cap is a dip stick. Check that you have enough fluid.....my guess is you don't.
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Re: Steering feels really wierd

Power steering pumps commonly let out a squeal when they get low on fluid, not always but usually. I'm betting your problem is the front axle u-joints.
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Re: Steering feels really wierd

I drove it some more tonight, and I have a theory. It was sitting in my driveway for a few weeks. I started it up, but did not really drive it for a while. The weather here has been changing and the last time i did drive it, I actually ran it through the car wash(not that it has too much relevance, i think). So when I drove it a little more tonight, it was actually feeling better, but still a little wierd. I think maybe because it sat for a few weeks, the tires kind of got hard on the bottom and that is what i was feeling, but after i put a few miles on it, they rounded out more and the steering is now smoother. I could be wrong, but it's an idea. I dropped it at the mechanic tonight for him to do an oil change tommorow and I mentioned to him to take a look at it. I'll try to keep you all posted on the end result.

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Re: Steering feels really wierd

you didn't say what your running for tires, but unless you are running some thick bias plys you more than likely wouldn't be getting any flat spotting. Even on a jeep, a bias ply tire might not flat spot (or at least not bad, being they are so light) If you got radials, I wouldn't suspect it. Even in fairbanks, where it gets a little chilly in the winter, I never had a problem with my 35's getting out of round.

Maybe my cj5 had such a death wobble to it that I never noticed... stanger $&*t has happened!
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Re: Steering feels really wierd

I'm running 32" BFG ATKO's .
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