I have a 2008 Rubicon 2.8 model, the steering wheel is quite loose when on 2wd (it turns a bit left/ right without actually turning the wheels, which makes the car feel unstable at higher speeds and if the road is not smooth). Now, I know that is not the purpose of this car (high speed & smooth road), I only wonder if it is usual and normal to have a loose steering wheel (compared to that of other cars).
My 08 Rubi seems to wander a bit, especially when the wind hits from the side. If i where you i would take it to a Jeep dealer and let them take it for a ride. They should be able to advise you on the steering issue (Hopefully). while your there take another Rubi out for a test ride and see if it also wanders on you.
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I contacted my dealer already, sais it's normal and that it's beacause of the way the car is made and because of the winter tires, the fact that is loose only bothers me at high speed (130-140km/h) on highway (the local ones are not very smooth) - I feel like I have to "grab" the wheel to keep control. I will though go to a dealer, let them ride it (I only spoke with the dealer on the phone). I'll check the damper also
Thank you very much
I'm glad for you, I'm not sure my car has a problem or it's just the way it is, this is what I'm tryng to find out; my damper is ok, by the way. I'm still working on figuring out this issue. Maybe they did the european model with a loose wheel :P
well, at the end the problem was solved when I put back the summer tires on. the winter tires combined with a too soft winter (...) were actually causing the steering wheel being a little bit loose. and since this was my first winter with the jk, I didn't know about it :P. still learning...
Regarding the handling. The first time I got into the vehicle my impression was that I was sitting up quite high, more like a truck than a passenger car. I think this is exaggerated in the Sahara compared to earlier models. Ive been driving one now for just over a year. First few times that I have been on the highway in high winds, I was blown all over the place. I have gradually gotten used to this. I think that it is a combination of being up so high and the vehicle being so smartly aerodynamically shaped like a brick moving down the highway which seems to add to the effect of this sideways motion. Generally speaking when the hood starts flapping up an down in the breeze, it is my clue to be aware of the instant half lane change that can occur. I usually just get into the right lane and slow it down a bit. I figure it's better to be safe rather than be sorry.
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