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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-06-2007, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
 
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Unhappy Questions regarding my YJ

Yesterday was my first day on the road with my jeep. A few things that I noticed that need to be fixed just wondering if I should have a mechanic do it?


1) Throttle cable. lubricated it but still sticks and difficult to accelerate evenly.

2) Front right U-joint makes a serious clacking noise. Best to replace both in the front instead of doing just one?

3) Shocks. serious banging when going over big bumps. I would assume the shocks are gone. After 18 years my guess is its a good possibility.

4) Springs? Should I look into new springs? I really don't want to lift it. And I'm on budget.

5) Steering wheel a little loose is this common?


Thanks for any input you guys have. I'm very limited on funds and really would like to do the work myself if possible.
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1. Throttle Cable - Pull it of and give it a good soak... it's hard to lub it when it's installed on the jeep. Takes at most 5 min to pull off.

2. Front U-Joints - Yea, do both. Just remember that it's ok to beat the crap out of them to get the joints apart.....it' takes some serious blows with a 16 oz hammer.

3. Shocks - Disconnect the lower end and manually move them up and down...you will be able to tell real quick if they are bad. If you have any oil seeping out of them...it's shot. Also, make sure they are the right length. With the jeep at rest, you should have about as much travel down as up.

4. Springs - Is it sagging? If not, then don't replace. If it is, then you should be able to find a set from someone who did a lift...sometimes you get them free...maybe check with a local 4x4 shop. If they are sagging, make sure that this is not causing problem #3.

5. Steering - Yea....there is an adjustment screw on the steering box...loosen the nut...and turn the center bolt...but don't get it so tight that it's dragging all the time....before you do anything I would suggest having your jeep chick turn the wheel back and forth while you watch things underneath...make sure the engine is off for this....you will be amazed at how many problems you can find this way.

BTW...if your stock rubber bushings are worn out...replace them with stock rubber...poly does not really help tighten up steering as much as people think and just adds to the road vibration.

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What Dawg said, except for #5. There are two adjustments to the steering box, and the other one needs to be done first. It's not a job that can be done properly with the box on the Jeep. You need a beam-type inch-pound torque wrench and a fair amount of patience to do it properly. Doing it improperly is likely to lead to accelerated wear and is unlikely to remove all of the free play.

He's right on about looking for loose parts while someone rocks the steering wheel back and forth. There are lots of connections in the steering system, and all of them loosen with use. Besides looking closely, put your hand on each joint. If it's loose you can sometimes feel it clunking before it's bad enough to notice visually. Any detectable looseness is too much.


Also look the throttle linkage over carefully. The stickiness is probably in the cable, but there are usually places in the hard linkage that can bind too.

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Thanks for the input guys

I really appreciate it!

Another thing that I noticed is that the jeep has trouble starting. If i spray some starter fluid in there it starts but no go without it. Should I try some fuel injection cleaner?

Perhaps from sitting too long there is condensation in tank?

Im not a mechanic but I am learning very quickly that I will need to be.

Thanks in advance.
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Perhaps I did not specify. The steering column feels loose. not really the steering per say. However I will check into what you were saying. I thought perhaps there might be something in the column itself that is loose.
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Hard starting can be caused by dozens of problems. Since it starts reliably with ether, it's probably fuel-related, but not necessarily. Certainly if the gas has been in the tank for more than a few months it would be good to replace it and the fuel filter, but there is probably more to your problem than that.

There are a couple of bolts that fasten the column to a big bracket between the firewall and instrument panel. If they get loose the column will wiggle around, mostly side-to-side.

There are also a couple of bushings between the shaft and the column. They wear with use, but seldom so badly that it becomes a problem. You'll just have to track down what's worn. Then we can tell you how to fix it.

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If you have a tilt column there are some bolts deep down inside that loosen up. Is the whole column loose or is it just the part out past the "hinge"? If it is the parts out past the "hinge", Dale had an excellent writeup on his site..(that I can't find right now) on how to tear it open and tighten stuff up. Not that hard to do, but time consuming.

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As for the serious 'banging' while going over bumps - check also the rear track bar. They have a tendency to break free of the axle and slap or bang against the axle.

The bracket on the axle was built in the factory with 1/64" steel. It's about as thick as a slice of paper. Just not a durable.

Also check the rear shock mounts too.

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Taking the jeep to the shop

I decided to take it to the shop to have them check it all out. I just dont have the place or the tools to do any of the work myself. I will probably do the throttle cable myself but the u-joints and shocks will be a nightmare. but on the bright side it will get done right. And to me paying to have it done right = less headaches.


thanks for all your input and I will pass along this info to the mechanic at the shop.
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I think I found the problem with my loose steering wheel

Following the steering shaft from the box to the firewall after the knuckle that connects the 2 shafts there seems to be a bushing or gasket right before it goes into the firewall. This is loose.

Would that be the LOWER STEERING COLUMN BEARING? If so that seems to be an easy fix.

Also I noticed that my passenger side motor mount is shot. I saw a kit that had 3 mounts on ebay for like 26 bux. They were regular rubber. Good price but is there a better mount that you guys know of that I should get?

Keep in mind that at this point I am just repairing things. I am not doing any mods or upgrades "yet".

Thanks for your input its always appreciated.
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