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Old 09-24-2013, 06:11 PM   #1
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2001 steering help needed

Hello fellow jeepers. I currently have a 2001 jeep wrangler the has a 4" inch suspension lift with only new control arms and coils/shocks. When the steering wheel is in the middle it has about 2" free room from each side before it turns the wheels. At highway speeds the jeep slightly turns to either direction with no warning. Is the anyway to fix it without spending hundreds of dollars?? Thanks!!

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Old 09-24-2013, 06:16 PM   #2
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Depends upon what's wrong. Lay under your jeep while someone turns the wheel back and forth quickly. Look, listen, and feel for slop in the steering components. Main places are drag link, tie rod ends, track bar (frame side and axle side), and control arms. If you hear, see, or feel any clicking or side to side movement of these parts, you found your culprit.

You may also need an alignment.

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Old 09-24-2013, 07:11 PM   #3
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I can't possibly see how an alignment would make it turn like it does. And there shouldn't be play in the steering wheel either. I'll check for clicking tomorrow
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:47 PM   #4
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I have an 01 with a 3" suspension lift and 32" tires... Had the same issue once I got over about 50mph. A new track bar and an alignment fixed the play in the steering.
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:08 PM   #5
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I can't possibly see how an alignment would make it turn like it does. And there shouldn't be play in the steering wheel either. I'll check for clicking tomorrow
You're kidding right? Wandering is a classic sign of improper alignment or improperly inflated tires. If you don't understand how an alignment would effect your problem, you need to learn more about your jeep. Did you have it aligned after the lift?
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:53 AM   #6
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I know alignment can cause that but the alignment wouldn't cause the play in the steering wheel. I'm not sure if it was. I bought it lifted
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:20 AM   #7
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I know alignment can cause that but the alignment wouldn't cause the play in the steering wheel. I'm not sure if it was. I bought it lifted
Go get it aligned if you don't feel confident doing it yourself. There's a write up on Stu Olsen's website about it. Jerry Bransford also has a quick write up on it.

Play can be caused by the things I mentioned earlier. Looseness can also be due to not enough caster. Check all those then report back. Post some pictures up of your front end, that may help diagnose the problem.
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If you have that much play in it a dry steering test would be my first step . You should be able to determine what parts need replacing to start with . I needs more than an alignment .

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