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So there's just one more issue with my new jeep....The steering is fudged up...it's still driveable, but i'll describe the problem.

If you start the car and turn the wheel, it requires effort for a second, then thunk...like you're going over a bump in the steering column....there's a thunk every 1/3 turn or so of the wheel...so about i dunno 5-6 times from stop to stop....the steering effort is also increased a bunch....

when you put your hand on the steering shaft in the engine compartment, you can move it about 1" in any direction (the ujoints look ok, but where the column enters the firewall, it seems loose or something.)

sorry, i know this isn't the best description, but it's the best i can do. ideas?

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The first thing i would do is take off the steering shaft and see if its in the column or maybe the joints in the shaft. The end bearing on the column is very easy to change. Just pull the clip and it will just about fall out.
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I had the almost the same problem with my son's YJ. It would feel like it was binding when you turned the wheel. It turned out to be a rusted upper joint. A few squirts with PB Blaster and it was all good to go. From the looks of your picture, yours looks like it is a little worse off than my son's was. [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]
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Both Good points, I am gonna put my money on the shaft bushing.... Had that problem on a car once, replaced the bushing and Wala.
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how do i replace the shaft bushing? my moneys on that as i have all that friggin free-play.
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It is in the end of the Column and the shaft runs through it,,, They are cheap at Napa. Can't remember what I paid for it but it was cheap
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I had the exact same problem and got the parts from here
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Takes 5 minutes to replace.
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how exactly is it replaced?
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You have to unbolt your steering shaft and pull it away from the base of the column. There's a metal snapring that holds the bushing/bearing in there so pop it off and install your new hardware, snap the new ring over the cup and reconnect your steering shaft and yer done.
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Re: steering column q? w/pics

i did it with that kit. but it was a pita for me. the bearing was tight on the shaft, = hard to get off.

I had to press the new bearing into the new plastic collar and I don't have a vice so it was a pita.

do yourself a favor and test fit the colar before pressing the bearing. it should fit very tight into the column, if not, you'll feel it at the wheel.

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and you have to totaly remove the joint bolts to pull the steering shaft.
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