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Old 08-01-2013, 09:53 AM
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Severe Steering Problems

I have a 2007 Wrangler JK unlimited with a four inch Rough Country Life.

I have a problem when turning or veering to the right. To make a 90 degree right turn I have to turn the wheel to the point that it physically can not go any further. If I veer to the right turning the steering wheel 10-15 degrees the steering wheel will not go back to center unless I make a hard left movement or hit a bump. There is no noticeable shake, shimmy, or wobble when I drive. If I let go of the steering wheel when driving straight it stays straight. Starting this morning; if I make any significant rightward movements the traction control will engage and start pumping the breaks for me. When I look under the rig, the only thing that stands out is that the passenger (right side) sway bar link is very loose, and needs to be replaced. I can not move the pitman arm with my hands, and the drag link doesn't seem to move or turn any more than it should when manipulated by my hands. I haven't had a chance to lift it and check the joints, but I'm almost afraid to even drive it home to try to do anything with it. Starting about a week ago I thought I noticed the steering wheel was a little off, but not so much so that I was convinced. This morning the whole issue became very noticeable. It's been over a month since I've been off road, so I can't really say that there has been anything that would likely be the cause of this problem. I have a bare minimum skill set when it comes to mechanical knowledge, and any help possible would be incredibly appreciated.
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:16 AM   #2
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well the centering issue could be caused by play in the trackbar. have someone cycle the steering back and forth while you watch all of the components.
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