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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-03-2004, 09:47 AM
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Steering wheel never stays centered?????

I have the Sidekick power steering for reference...
I set the front wheels straight forward then adjust steering wheel by removing and rotating it on the shaft/ splines. I drive down the road and the steering wheel never stays the same on a straight away. I make a right hand turn and straighten out and the wheel stays cocked to the left. Sometimes I turn and head straight and the wheel will sit closer to straight. I've pulled over many times and readjusted the steering wheel to no avail. What gives??? There seems to be no play at all in the steering box. [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
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Re: Steering wheel never stays centered?????

mine is the same way probably due to body lean, road surface being tilted,slop in the suspension
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Re: Steering wheel never stays centered?????

Take a look at the rubber donut (damper) by the steering box that connects the steering shaft to the steering box and see if it is tearing on you and giving you slack
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Re: Steering wheel never stays centered?????

My power steering setup uses no rubber donut. It utilizes pivoting joints. The real pain is trying to use the turn signals when the wheel is turned.
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Re: Steering wheel never stays centered?????

Have someone swing the steering wheel back and forth (while parked, rear tires blocked etc...)
and look undernieth at the steering box, its mounts, the axle in relation to the springs, etc.

You will find that the resistance added by being stopped will force any sloppy area to show up.
You could have frame flex, bad spring bushings, loose spring bolts, a cracked frame, etc...
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Re: Steering wheel never stays centered?????

do you have missing links or real long shackles?
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post #7 of (permalink) Old 06-03-2004, 05:59 PM
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Re: Steering wheel never stays centered?????

Did that a while back and noticed that body moves on springs...left to right before wheels turn. How do lifted YJ's get away with no slop? Thanks for your reply.Frame, mounting, springs, etc...are all excellent.
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Re: Steering wheel never stays centered?????

TT Missing Links. Everything tightened to TT's specs, but you can definately see the ML's swaying back and forth. Bushings are all new. Thanks!
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Re: Steering wheel never stays centered?????

Do the TT ML's lay against the frame? if so you might put a couple of guides to keep that part from shifting. You could pin them for street use also.
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Re: Steering wheel never stays centered?????

I'm lost as far as pinning the ML's for the street. I've heard of it but never seen it done. I think my problem is mainly that the springs shift from side to side on top of the axle. I just wasn't sure if this was common or not. It sucks pulling up to your turnoff and your steering wheel is always cocked one way or another. It makes it very hard to turn on the signals. I realize this is probably minor, but it bugs me just the same. Maybe I need to do a panhard bar.
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