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Old 02-05-2011, 04:31 AM   #1
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So I tried a search and couldn't find any information so I figured I'd ask.....how hard is it to knock a jk alignment off? I recently got tugged out of a snow bank sideways by using my front recovery hook and while being tugged I couldn't turn the steering wheel because if the amount of snow. Now it shakes over 55, steering wheel is kinda crooked to keep it straight (albeit not much) and seems to have a looser steering response. I figured it'd be a bit more rugged! Is there any suggestions on what else may have gone wrong before I bring it in to the dealer monday as I suspect they usually try to "fix" and sell me things I don't need! Thanks for the suggestions/help.
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Just a suggestion: Go to you local tire shop (like Belle Tire) and have them do a alignment check...They will check it all out.. Then you can decide what the next step might be and guess what, you can visit your dealer with some knowledge..

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Could be tire balancing also. You may have dropped a weight off the wheel when getting pulled out. Most shops re-center the steering wheel as part of the alignment. You can do the re-centering yourself if your ambitious.

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So I tried a search and couldn't find any information so I figured I'd ask.....how hard is it to knock a jk alignment off? I recently got tugged out of a snow bank sideways by using my front recovery hook and while being tugged I couldn't turn the steering wheel because if the amount of snow. Now it shakes over 55, steering wheel is kinda crooked to keep it straight (albeit not much) and seems to have a looser steering response. I figured it'd be a bit more rugged! Is there any suggestions on what else may have gone wrong before I bring it in to the dealer monday as I suspect they usually try to "fix" and sell me things I don't need! Thanks for the suggestions/help.
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If you can turn a wrench at all, you can do your own alignment. The cambor is non adjustable and I'm sure you didn't affect the castor and that leaves only the toe-in. That is easy to check and adjust. The same with centering the steering wheel. It's an easy adjustment. Being pulled out sideways might have bent the tierod if it was tight enough that you couldn't steer. You can check that when you measure the toe-in. That would explain the shaking and the steering wheel being off center. Did you check to see if there is a chunk of ice on the inside of a wheel??
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If you can turn a wrench at all, you can do your own alignment. The cambor is non adjustable and I'm sure you didn't affect the castor and that leaves only the toe-in. That is easy to check and adjust. The same with centering the steering wheel. It's an easy adjustment. Being pulled out sideways might have bent the tierod if it was tight enough that you couldn't steer. You can check that when you measure the toe-in. That would explain the shaking and the steering wheel being off center. Did you check to see if there is a chunk of ice on the inside of a wheel??
Yes I checked for snow and ice. The tires were pretty clear. I'll have to check tie rods and google how to adjust the alignment but we are now in another snow storm so it might have to go to the shop! But the snow is fun tonight!
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