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Old 02-24-2010, 04:06 PM   #1
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play in steering

I have been doing a search on excessive steering wheel play as my 97 TJ, stock except for 30" tires, seems to have about 2-3 inches of play. Is this cause for concern? I have checked my TRE's, the tie rod, pitman arm, steering shaft, all seem to be ok. After checking the gear box, I suspect it to be the source of the play. Does anyone know the correct procedure for making this adjustment? Thanks for any info......
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Have someone sit in your jeep with the engine off. Have them crank the steering wheel enough to change direction. Look over your steering components one by one until you find the spot that is moving. Your first place to check is the track bar bushings. Make sure there is no play side to side at both locations. Then check the pitman arm. It shouldn't move on the shaft and the shaft shouldn't move much inside the box. You will be able to see what is moving and where the play is if you have that much of a dead spot.

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Old 02-24-2010, 04:42 PM   #3
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There's not much to adjust on that stuff. Like he said check the basic easy stuff... But the steering box is very common issue and will cause that. A lot of people replace them with Durango boxes.. Seem to hold up better.
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You can adjust the steering box with the allen bolt and lock nut on top. You loosen the lock nut and adjust the allen bolt until you have a minimal amount of play in the steering wheel. It is common. But you should check the other items first.
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