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Old 08-19-2008, 02:18 PM   #1
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Unhappy can your wrangler make tight turns?

im pretty new to the wrangler world, I bought my '98 wrangler 3 months ago. since i bought it ive noticed a problem that i always figured was common, but wasnt entirely sure. simply the jeep cant make tight turns, which isnt normally a problem except on the occasions i need to park in a small, close together parking lot. i need plenty of room in my jeep swing out before i park in a space, or else i get this loud grinding sound and a bit of rattling. is this common on wranglers? its not normally a problem but its incredibly embarassing when i have a passenger in the car and it makes that noise.

id appreciate all help!
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Old 08-19-2008, 02:36 PM   #2
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No problems with tight turns for my jeep TJ. Try driving around in a crew cab ford f-250 for about a week and you will be amaze at how tight your jeep will turn.

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Old 08-19-2008, 02:52 PM   #3
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sounds like something is wrong. does the steering wheel jerk when this is happening? or else check out the front end, ball joints, tie rods, bushings and so on.
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Old 08-19-2008, 03:09 PM   #4
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do you have larger than stock tires?
if so, you might have the wrong backspacing on your wheels,, and its rubbing when you turn all the way left or right.
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no, tires are stock size. ill take some pictures tonight and post them. its impossible to keep the tires turned completely and take a picture, so theyll have to wait till someone else is home.
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Old 08-19-2008, 05:56 PM   #6
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I have heard some make a thumping noise or a growling noise from the front axle while locked in 4WD while making a real sharp slow turn but if in fact it is in 2WD like it should be then I would check the front axle joints first.Sounds like a dried up universal joint in the front axle if not check the hub assembly(unit bearing).
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Old 08-19-2008, 06:54 PM   #7
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its impossible to keep the tires turned completely and take a picture
This line makes me curious; are you just having trouble turning the wheel? While you are sitting still, try turning the wheel...does it fight you? You should be able to turn it with relative easy while sitting still.

Am wondering if there is a problem with the steering pump...
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Is your Jeep by any chance in 4Hi? If so, that will totally screw up your steering as neither 4Hi nor 4Lo are suitable for use on paved roads. Your transfer case shifter must be in 2Hi on the street.
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Old 08-19-2008, 09:08 PM   #9
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The only time I had trouble turning is when my track bar got bent.
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Old 08-19-2008, 09:34 PM   #10
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what size are your stockers? my stock tires were 31x10.5s.. i rubbed on full turns..
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http://www.stu-offroad.com/steering/...teerstop-1.htm
check that, maybe whoever owned it before you had bigger tires and had to adjust the steering stops
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yeah, it turns fine in while stopped, its just that when i let go of the wheel it turns just that little bit because im no longer holding the wheel. and nah, its not in 4Hi or lo, its 2Hi.

Bob youre probably right with the bigger tires before, because i had my neighbor look at it while i made a tight turn and he mentioned something was rubbing against the wheel well?

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