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Old 12-10-2012, 11:57 AM   #1
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I changed my steering box now my steering wheel is crooked...

2000 TJ 4.0 180,000mi

Over the weekend I finally changed out my leaky steering box with an OEM replacemnet. I did it on my own with no experiance. Now my steering wheel is turned slightly to the right when the wheels are straight. Did I do smoething wrong? The pitman arm and steering link are both keyed so I cant see how I could have done anything wrong. I seem to have eliminated my steering wander and the vast amount of play in the wheel.

Ive read in my search that people have their alignment redone after steeing box replacement and that others adjust the drag link. What would work for me.?

I should note that when the box was off I did not have the steerign wheel locked down as some people say to do.

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Old 12-10-2012, 12:06 PM   #2
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There is a 6" steering wheel adjustment link located on the drag link that connects to the Pitman arm. Loosen its two clamps & rotate it slightly to adjust its length so the steering wheel is straight.

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There is a 6" steering wheel adjustment link located on the drag link that connects to the Pitman arm. Loosen its two clamps & rotate it slightly to adjust its length so the steering wheel is straight.
Thanks Jerry, you are always super helpful.
So just to be clear, it doesn't sound like Ive done anything wrong?
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:03 PM   #4
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How hard was the swap? I'm planning on doing the Durango box upgrade soon.
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:10 PM   #5
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Thanks Jerry, you are always super helpful.
So just to be clear, it doesn't sound like Ive done anything wrong?
Not unless someone rotated/played with the steering wheel when the steering box was out.
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Jaxon1023: It wasnt hard at all. Its not something Ive ever done, just follow the Stu off-road write up and you're set. There are a couple things to note though. Im sure the Jeep being worked on in the write up is lifted. Mine is not, therefore I had to unbolt the hi and low pressure lines after removing the box from the frame. I also first made sure I could turn all the nessisary bolts weeks before starting the project. I sprayed them all with PB Blaster regularly until they broke easily. Mine was not a Durango unit. That seems to be the popular way to go. Just be sure all the mounting points are the same.
Jerry Bransford: I was solo so no one turned the wheel.

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