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Old 07-30-2012, 01:15 PM   #1
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Sloppy steering shaft in my 03 Sahara

When I bought this Wrangler I noticed the steering was sloppy, and I thought I would just need to tighten the worm gear. When I finally got time to tear into this, the worm gear and both u joints look tight. I found the slop in the steering shaft itself.(dont know the proper name for these parts yet) I dont want to tear into this untill I get time this winter, but I was thinking about reaching down there with the welder and putting a small bead on each side of the joint. How much work is it to get this steerig shaft out and replace it? I looks like a little more work than I have time for right now.
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Old 10-08-2013, 04:09 PM   #2
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does anyone know is its ok to just weld this lower steering shaft ??

I traced the slack in my steering down to the lower steering shaft. It is so loose in this slip joint Its miserable to drive. The rest of the steering shaft parts are still nice and tight , so Im thinking about just reaching down with the wire feed and welding this slip joint for now... does any one know a if this slip joint is just for assembly, or does it need to slip in and out when the frame flexes ???

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Old 12-09-2013, 08:11 PM   #3
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I called the local off road shop and they said its a plastic insert that wears out inside the shaft, and they have welded them..... I welded mine,,,,,steers like a new rig now.
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:36 PM   #4
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My steering is sloppy also and there are many reasons this could be the case for me 140,000 miles and horrible neglect from the previous owner. I am interested in finding out more about your problem and fix.

You said the other parts of the steering seemed fine. Would you mind sharing what you checked so I can also take a look at mine?

Also, I understand what your problem was and how you fixed it. What in the world am I looking at in those pictures? And how can I investigate this issue myself?

Thank you
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