loose steering wheel - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK Tech Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 02-24-2009, 05:50 PM   #1
Jeeper
 
mishel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Posts: 163
loose steering wheel

Hi,
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).
Thank you

mishel is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-24-2009, 08:03 PM   #2
Jeeper
 
iamagolfspaz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Palm Desert
Posts: 1,113
Send a message via Yahoo to iamagolfspaz
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.
Welcome to the site.

iamagolfspaz is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-24-2009, 09:58 PM   #3
Jeeper

WF Supporting Member
 
N39-W120's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: South Eastern VA
Posts: 2,020
Send a message via AIM to N39-W120 Send a message via Skype™ to N39-W120
I have the same problem... Stuck my head underneath and the steering damper was leaking oil... dealer confirmed it to be bad and ordered the parts... will let you know if it gets fixed Thursday
__________________
Daily Driver 2010 Ford Fusion
Weekend Toy: 2008 Rubicon...
Expensive Toy: 1983 Cadillac Coupe DeVille

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog!
N39-W120 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-25-2009, 03:01 AM   #4
Jeeper
 
mishel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Posts: 163
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
mishel is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-26-2009, 04:55 PM   #5
Jeeper

WF Supporting Member
 
N39-W120's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: South Eastern VA
Posts: 2,020
Send a message via AIM to N39-W120 Send a message via Skype™ to N39-W120
Dealer installed the new damper... no more problem for me
__________________
Daily Driver 2010 Ford Fusion
Weekend Toy: 2008 Rubicon...
Expensive Toy: 1983 Cadillac Coupe DeVille

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog!
N39-W120 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 02-26-2009, 08:14 PM   #6
Jeeper
 
mishel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Posts: 163
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
mishel is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-05-2009, 02:29 PM   #7
Jeeper
 
mishel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Posts: 163
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...
mishel is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-05-2009, 04:52 PM   #8
Jeeper

WF Supporting Member
 
jk'n's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: First Quadrant in the Land of the Free
Posts: 4,790
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.
__________________

Participate in life....Keep movin'....Go there....JK'n it.........Do it! Jeep #1: Red Rock 08 JK Rubicon 4dr, 6 sp manual, Stock Mud Tires, MyGIG Upgrade, Hard Top, after sale BestTop SunRider Soft Top, Congo Cage Rack, Mopar slush mats Jeep #2 Black 08 JK Rubicon 2dr, 6 sp manual, both tops, some chrome...uggg (my wife's jeep) Jeep #3 White 92 YJ (my son's jeep) A great quote from a good friend: "All hail click clack and master jk'n." Click and clack are my idols!
jk'n is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-06-2009, 01:55 PM   #9
Jeeper
 
mishel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Posts: 163
yeah, totally brick
and agree about the safe part, I do the same, slow down a bit, until I feel I'm in control of the monster

mishel is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Steering Wheel Alignment tyleralan TJ General Discussion Forum 16 11-30-2013 01:24 PM
Steering wheel shimmy VTDan TJ Tech Forum 15 01-08-2011 04:17 PM
Play on the Steering Wheel fummar NorthEast Regional Forum 6 04-27-2007 04:40 PM
Loose Steering erickpl TJ Tech Forum 19 03-07-2007 12:24 PM
bump *clunk* ??? bmanrkg3 TJ General Discussion Forum 18 08-24-2006 12:27 AM



» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:52 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC