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Old 06-15-2014, 02:04 AM   #1
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Please help! TJ won't turn right

I've got a 97 TJ. It won't turn right. Drove it home with no issues. Went to leave 20 mins later, and it wouldn't turn. Replaced steering pump, box, and checked stabilizer...no change. Checked front shafts and carrier, which has a mechanical locker, and everything is fine. Any suggestions??? This is my daily driver. Thanks!

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Old 06-15-2014, 02:11 AM   #2
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Need some more info here. Where you 4wheelin or just driving? What modifications have been done, specifically with the steering? Do the wheels turn while not moving? Also post some pictures of your tie rod, drag link, and steering knuckles.

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Old 06-15-2014, 02:26 AM   #3
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Currently unable to upload photos. Forum says it keeps crashing. Haven't wheeled in a couple weeks. Was driving down the highway prior to the issue. Has a custom 4 link suspension, not sure of the steering type but it's also custom in a simple way. Been driving it on this set up for about 6 months. It has never hinted any issues like this before. Also when you fight it hard enough to turn right, it feels as if my lockers engage. My tires chirp and it feels like it's straining.
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Old 06-15-2014, 02:30 AM   #4
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The wheels will turn in both directions while not moving. But it still strains to turn right. While slowing to make a right turn, it turns slightly to right. Then won't turn right at all.
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Old 06-15-2014, 03:59 AM   #6
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Yep sounds like the front locker is engaged to me. What kind of locker do you run? And you are sure its in 2wd correct?
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I'm sure that it is in 2wd. I'm running Spartan mechanical lockers front and rear with 4.88 gear. When off the ground right tire spins alone and left tire turns both.
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Old 06-16-2014, 04:57 PM   #8
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Alright fellow jeepers, it was my front locker. I removed the carrier and put everything back together and it drives fine. The locker seems OK when it's out but I'm wondering if it can be rebuilt since my funds are kinda low at the moment. Thank you for answering my post.

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