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Old 07-30-2014, 10:23 AM   #1
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Play in steering wheel

Ive had my jeep for a couple months now, and this is becoming more noticible. Ill be driving in a straight line, and it feels like the tires jump from one side to another. There is about 1/2" of play to either side when im moving, but it isnt noticible when im not. It has a 6" fabtech long arm lift and 35" tires, so i dont know wether this is just normal for a jeep like this or if it is the beginning of death wobble. Either way, is there a way i can remedy it?

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Old 07-30-2014, 10:38 AM   #2
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Did you upgrade your steering? any Drop Pitmn arm? do any of your tie rod ends have play?

i had similiar issue found my trackbar bolt is starting to wallow out the bushing and coming loose causes me some bump steer.

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Old 07-30-2014, 10:47 AM   #3
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You need to get under it and see where the play is. It's a 2 person job, but you can pick the wheels off the ground (jack stands under axle) and have your partner wiggle the tire left and right.

regarding the bumpsteer, Is this a new problem? or has it been ongoing?
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It wasnt there when i bought it, but im definetly noticing it more now. Every once in a while i will hit a bump in the road and the bumpsteer will go away for a little while, which makes no sense to me at all. I didnt do any of the suspension upgrades, the guy who owned it before me said he fixed all of the things that were done wrong on the lift.
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check it out form underneath....you're wanting to find the point where one part moves and the part attached to it doesn't.

Also might look @ the Trackbar, for good measure...It's a common creator of problems of this sort.

The play in the steering could be a loose gearbox, or a worn out tierod, or other things depending on the mods done to your steering linkage.

You might post a few pics of the linkage if you can't find any loose bits.
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Old 08-02-2014, 02:23 PM   #6
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I just got under it, jacked it up and gave the wheel a shake. It looks (and feels) like the loose part is where the steering column goes into the steering motor. None of the other connections beyond the steering motor appear to be loose at all.
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I just got under it, jacked it up and gave the wheel a shake. It looks (and feels) like the loose part is where the steering column goes into the steering motor. None of the other connections beyond the steering motor appear to be loose at all.
For what it is worth, I have the exact same thing going on at the place where the lower steering column goes into the steering box. Everything else is tight just like above. I tightened up the worm gear in the steering box which helped slightly, but I suspect it is simply wear in the box and I haven't worried about it too much and it has not worsened, but hopefully others here more knowledgeable can say for sure....

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