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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-30-2000, 02:24 PM
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Bad samurai steering!

I am assuming that it is my joint on my steering system. It is getting worse though, and it is just more annoying than anything. When I turn the wheels back and forth, it clunks and pops. I am sure it is the steering after testing it, but I just wanted to know how much fixing this will cost, assuming I can do the work myself. How invovled is this fix? It looks very straight forward and basic, but I just want to know what to expect as far as parts pricing/labor time. Thanks guys.

'87 JX stock steering

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 05-31-2000, 12:04 AM
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Re: Bad samurai steering!

1987-88 Sam Steering and suspension system
Replace steering knuckle oil seals every 18 mo. or 22.5K
Replace steering shock 36 mo. or as needed
Parts above cost about $65 do it yourself time 1 to 2 hr.
If you can change an auto tire you can do this work.

More info search this Zuk BBS key word "steering"

post #3 of (permalink) Old 05-31-2000, 09:00 AM
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Re: Bad samurai steering!

When you say joint, I'm assuming you mean the rubber steering coupler, the 'rag joint'. Its easy to replace and only requires a 12 mm wrench. They do go bad and it is one of the essentials we carry on the trail as a spare. We had one fall apart this year at Zukfari and the vehicle completely lost all steering while on the trail, we had a spare.

Fairly cheap. We carry them for $15 or you might find one at your local auto parts store which could work on the Samurai.
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 05-31-2000, 03:15 PM
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Re: Bad samurai steering!

Actually, I meant the ball joint on the different rods (tie rod, drag link). The car has high miles, so it wouldn't be a surprise if these were bad.


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