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Where did my steering go?
June 17, 2008
4:23 am
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Where did my steering go?

I have a steering problem. I have a 2006 Jeep LJ with Currie steering.

First, I have checked everything I could and it is tight. Before this problem, there was a little play my steering wheel, but not as much as now.

The problem is that when I turn the steering wheel to the left, it doesn’t “reallyâ€

June 17, 2008
4:27 am
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excessive toe in?

Closed Mondays.

June 17, 2008
4:50 am
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Have you checked your track bar bolts and track bar bushing. Thats what happened to my front end.

June 17, 2008
4:52 am
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Justin said the same. We measured it and I have about 1/8" toe in.

June 17, 2008
4:53 am
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"Super X" wrote: Have you checked your track bar bolts and track bar bushing. Thats what happened to my front end.

Yes they are solid and torqued.

June 17, 2008
5:01 am
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When turning the steering wheel how much play do you have?

June 17, 2008
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It’s a Jeep 🙄

I used to wheel a lot. . .

June 17, 2008
5:02 am
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Also check your pitman arm when turning the steering wheel for movement.

June 17, 2008
5:11 am
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"Super X" wrote: When turning the steering wheel how much play do you have?

I used to have less than 1/8 of a turn, but now its 1/4.

The pitman arm is tight and it moves after the quarter turn of the steering wheel.

I ordered a new drag link end just to eliminate any issues with it wearing out. It (Currie end) wont take grease anymore (???), so I’ll keep it as a spare.

June 17, 2008
5:14 am
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"JohnDF" wrote: It’s a Jeep 🙄

I’ll still be on the trail, just giving it more gas around the corners!

June 17, 2008
1:31 pm
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You could have two problems. The difference between turning left & right could be a bent trackbar. The play in your steering sounds like a loose/worn joint somewhere. If the slop is in the steering box you can make an adjustment on the top of the box to tighten it up.

June 17, 2008
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It’s easy to identify the problem!

Get someone to sit in your jeep and start it. Then, slowly turn the wheel to the left and right about 1/4 turn. You stand in front of the jeep and look under the front end at:

The lower track bar mount to see if the bushing or sleeve is shot, or the bolt is loose.
The Upper track bar mount to see if the bolt is loose.
The track bar to see if it is bent.
The pitman arm to see if it, or the steering box has play.
The drag link and tie rod ends to see if any of those bushing are shot.

If all these items check out, then check your PS fluid to see if it’s low
If that’s not it re-check your alignment.
If that’s not it, well, it’s a jeep, good luck. 😯

June 17, 2008
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"1tom2go" wrote: I have a … drop pitman arm

There’s your problem right there!!!

I used to wheel a lot. . .

June 17, 2008
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I have already gone over all of this with Tom. wink
I am going to go fix it for him when he is not looking later today. 😈

June 17, 2008
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"Justin" wrote:

I am going to go fix it for him when he is not looking later today. 😈

You’re going to have Cabin Boy fix it???

I used to wheel a lot. . .

June 17, 2008
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"JohnDF" wrote: You’re going to have Cabin Boy fix it???

lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol

June 17, 2008
11:22 pm
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Thanks for your ideas, they are good. I have checked most of this stuff myself and with Justin. I have a new Currie drag link end comin in a day or two. Is the steering box adjustment a last option, or can I turn it a bit and see what happens?

Fun Fact:

I noticed that my left turn signal doesn’t go off because I don’t turn back to center anymore, so I have to MANUALLY turn it off…OH the humanity!

June 17, 2008
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"1tom2go" wrote: Thanks for your ideas, they are good. I have checked most of this stuff myself and with Justin. I have a new Currie drag link end comin in a day or two. Is the steering box adjustment a last option, or can I turn it a bit and see what happens?

Fun Fact:

I noticed that my left turn signal doesn’t go off because I don’t turn back to center anymore, so I have to MANUALLY turn it off…OH the humanity!

You can try to adjust the steering box, but only do it a very little bit at a time. If you make it too tight you’ll loose return-to-center after making turns. I did this and it got to be very disconcerting.

Your turn signal/centering issue still sounds like a bent trackbar. It doesn’t have to be bent much to make a big difference in your steering.

June 18, 2008
1:19 am
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Good thing Brad just got me one! I’ll check the track bar. I did bend my tie rod a bit on Fordyce.

June 18, 2008
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"1tom2go" wrote: Good thing Brad just got me one!

Brad’s buying you gifts? 😯 lol

June 18, 2008
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"Justin" wrote: [quote="1tom2go"]Good thing Brad just got me one!

Brad’s buying you gifts? 😯 lol

Pre bachelor party? lol Apparently there’s some competition to land Tom! 😯 😯

June 18, 2008
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You guys need to get cable tv or something…the SOAP channel

June 18, 2008
10:43 pm
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"1tom2go" wrote: You guys need to get cable tv or something…the SOAP channel

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June 18, 2008
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"1tom2go" wrote: You guys need to get cable tv or something…the SOAP channel

But this is so much more intertaning and CHEAPER! 😈

June 18, 2008
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yeah, you’re right about that.

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