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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-23-2001, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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Jeep pulls to one side..wanders

Sometimes when I'm driving my jeep I will be holding the steering wheel straight and I can feel the tires or something trying to turn me right, which is off of the road.It can be hard to control and it will start drifting towards off of the road pretty quick.I then try to correct it and I end up partially in the left hand lane.It's hard to explain how it acts..I have power steering and spring over axle.
Is there anything anyone could think of that could create a problem like this?
I can take pictures of the steering on my spring over if it needs to be checked out..I don't want to end up in a ditch [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img]
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Re: Jeep pulls to one side..wanders

Joey Lets take a look at the simple things first.

Is the air in both front tires the same?

Check the brakes for a shoe or disc dragging.

Touch the front hubs after a drive, is one hotter than the other?
( If answer is yes you may have a bad bearing in hub)


Look closely at front springs, are they inline with frame?

Is front axle 90 degree's on spring packs.

This is but a few things that I could come up with that will cause a drift or pull one direction or the other.
Hope this helps
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Re: Jeep pulls to one side..wanders

I've checked/changed the bearings when I rebuilt my front axle.It did it before,and they were in good shape before
Tire pressure is 23lbs all around(I need to inflate em)
Brakes aren't dragging.
I've talked to my dad about it and I'll check everything else out later.
He said it could possibly be that my front end isn't aligned,so he said we will check wednesday.
It may sound silly,but it seems to loose some of the problems after its been driven around for a good 5-10 minutes

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Re: Jeep pulls to one side..wanders

joey the jeep is obviously a death trap. I think the wisest thing to do would to drive it to my house and leave it.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

You know just for your safety- Tim

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Re: Jeep pulls to one side..wanders

Ok I'm on my way over..
I'll probably end up falling off a bridge into a river on the way because of the problems.
You'll have to pay for the jeep excavation though..and some dry clothes.
Thanks for watching out for me!

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Re: Jeep pulls to one side..wanders

You say you have a spring over....what kind of steering mods did you do? When you hit a bump, and the axle gets closer to the frame, the bumpsteer would turn the wheels to the right....unless your drag link was virtually straight across....besides....unless its really bad...its a JEEP, its supposed to wander and handle like poo!

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Re: Jeep pulls to one side..wanders

I still haven't checked it out with my dad yet.
It's not the regular jeep wandering.
Its the oh [censored] I'm gonna wreck twice every time I drive to work.You know when your eyes open wide and you kinda hold your breath.
Yeah..that happens a lot.
I've gotten to see what it is more.
It will start wondering to one side..and I will hold the steering wheel so I don't go that way.
Well when I hit anything..such as a small bump all hell breaks loose.Thats when I start going all over everywhere.

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oh and I didn't do the soa.
I don't know what mods they did.

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Re: Jeep pulls to one side..wanders

Well, my YJ handled like complete sh!t after I did the SOA. My bet was it had something to with not having any shocks at all!![img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img] Now that I got shocks and bigger tires, she drives pretty damn straigh!! Rides the same as if it were SUA. My suggestions are:

1 - Go check your draglink angle. If it's pretty steep, then it's definetly gonna jump to hell and back when it hits a bump. That's why I didn't chance it and went with a highsteer setup. My draglink is practically prefectly parallel with my tierod. My Jeep wanders a bit from bumps. But I'm hoping once I slap a steering stablizer on it, she'll be good as new!!

2 - Check your alignment. You don't need your dad for this. Come on Joey, get your hands dirty!![img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] Get a tape measurer and measure from one lug on the foward side of the tire to that same lug on the opposite tire. Then do this at the rear of the tire. Get it so they're the same, then pull the front tires together about 1/8-1/4 of a inch more than the rear. That's what I've done and it drives great! I'm debating if I even want to get it aligned or not, since this is working. And I can see the portion of the tire that's contacting the ground form the ring of dirt around it, damn near in the center of both front tires!

3 - You're not holding on tight enough!!!!!!!!![img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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Re: Jeep pulls to one side..wanders

All of you are overlooking the obvious!
THE JEEP DOESN'T LIKE PAVEMENT!!!!![img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img][img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
Seriously, check the shocks and mounts, and your steering box and related stuff.

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