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Old 07-09-2013, 01:16 PM   #1
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Steering alignment?

So for the past few days I have noticed that while I have been driving I have been holding the steering wheel to the right to go straight. I don't know if it has happened slowly over time and I haven't noticed it until now or if it just happened. But after I noticed it, I have not noticed any pull to the left to cause me to hold the steering wheel to the right. Any explanation for this? Any fix as well?

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Old 07-09-2013, 01:28 PM   #2
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i'd check the toe and if thats not it, adjust the drag link to re-center your steering wheel

here is a good overall alignment
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:04 PM   #3
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If you have been offroading & your steering is now crooked where it wasn't before, look to see if something is bent before just straightening it using the adjustment link on the drag link.

That the Jeep wants to go left when the steering wheel is held straight could mean the drag link (the part that connects between the steering box's Pitman arm and the knuckle on the passenger-side) is bent. Or it could be a bent tie rod. I doubt it's the track bar that is bent since that would force the Jeep towards the right when the steering wheel is held straight.

If nothing is bent, the steering wheel is straightened so it drives more towards the right by slightly lengthening the short link on the drag link until the steering is straight. The trackbar is lengthened by turning its adjustment link so that the front of the link is moved downward.

Rotate the adjustment link just a tad between short test-drives up & down your street. No need to tighten the link's clamping nuts & bolts between each of the short test drives. Just make sure both clamping bolts are securely tightened once the steering wheel is straight again.
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:22 PM   #4
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In addition to what has been mentioned above, what size tires are you running??

My drag link and tie rods are completely shot from offroading and having larger tires (currently running 35's) so i just ordered a new heavy duty kit which comes in tomorrow...

I could have adjusted everything but theres so much play that i would have probably made it to the end of the street before it was back to where it was before the alignment...
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Thanks! I'm going to check for bend components first. Hopefully that's not it. I did got to Silver lake sand dunes recently but it didn't seem to have this problem right after our trip. I'd say the last week or so it has been like this. If nothing is bent I'm going to try the front end alignment. I've never done one before, but I have all the tools required so I can use it as a learning experience. Any tips other than what the write up says?
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In addition to what has been mentioned above, what size tires are you running??

My drag link and tie rods are completely shot from offroading and having larger tires (currently running 35's) so i just ordered a new heavy duty kit which comes in tomorrow...

I could have adjusted everything but theres so much play that i would have probably made it to the end of the street before it was back to where it was before the alignment...
I'm running 31's all terrains. Nothing special. I don't do much offroading at all. The only thing I've done with this Jeep is a half day at Silver Lake sand dunes 3 weeks ago.
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Thanks! I'm going to check for bend components first. Hopefully that's not it. I did got to Silver lake sand dunes recently but it didn't seem to have this problem right after our trip. I'd say the last week or so it has been like this. If nothing is bent I'm going to try the front end alignment. I've never done one before, but I have all the tools required so I can use it as a learning experience. Any tips other than what the write up says?
Get an 18"-24" pipe wrench. Makes turning the tie rod much easier

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