I was out driving my 1997 wrangler 4cyl yesterday afternoon and I had my quick disconnects off. I was driving up a road and my steering suddenly went out and i nearly slid off the side of a mountain. Had to walk 3 hrs out to get back home, and now i need help identifying the broken part and the best way to get the steering working so i can get out of there. This will be a fix out in the field as no tow truck can make it through there. Please check out the attached pics. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Yes, that's the part. What do the threads look like in the adjustment sleeve? If you're not sure, you might want to replace that as well.
For now i just need to be able to get it back home. I've never worked on this end of my jeep before, do you think its a job i can get done in a few hrs out in the field? I know the steering alignment will be way off, but as long as i can turn the wheels i'll be able to at least pull it out with the winch.
since you are way out in the middle of no where have you concidered welding it? That may allow you to drive it back down. If not take lots of tools, pb blaster and somthing to break the ball joints loose.
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Take a couple of pipe wrenches to back the broken piece out of the sleeve. Count how many threads were inside the sleeve and thread the new one in the same. It'll be pretty close on alignment. Certainly close enough to drive it.
you won't even have to jack that one up
all that does is center your steering wheel.
and turn your wheels from your steering wheel.
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