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Old 04-29-2008, 03:19 PM   #1
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Steering wheel alignment ?

My buddy and I took our TJ’s offroading on his farm land. When we were done and getting ready to leave he noticed his steering wheel was turned 90 degrees to the left when he was traveling straight. So we got under the jeep and checked out all the steering linkage looking for something that was bent. Didn’t see anything that looked bent all the threads for the tie rods look unchanged.
It drives down the road straight with no pulling just steering wheel at 90 degrees. Are there any other things that I could help him check before he has to take it in to a shop?

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Either the tie rod or drag link is bent, a control arm is bent, or a control arm bracket has been ripped away from where it is welded to the axle. Don't try adjusting the threaded sleeve on the drag link which is how the steering wheel is normally re-centered, something is wrong that won't be corrected by doing that.

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Could a bent tie rod, drank link, or a bent control arm be a visible diagnosis? I will also check the welds on the control arm brackets.
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Could a bent tie rod, drank link, or a bent control arm be a visible diagnosis? I will also check the welds on the control arm brackets.
You can easily tell if any of those are bent with the possible exception of the drag link which is already bent as part of its design. That particular component will take some scrutinizing to know if it's bent beyond how it is supposed to be.
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jerry's right on, i just wanted to feel included
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jerry's right on, i just wanted to feel included
Jp you are right on; on jerry being right on.

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Drag link has to be bent.. unless this center sleeve was loose to begin with.. jack up the fron and shake the wheel side to side.. you'll find something moving.. guarantee.
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I looked closer at the track bar and drag link both look no bent. My next step is to jack it up and see if anything is moving around. The coupler on the drag link is tight and none of the threads look rounded or moved. If the pitman arm wasn't torqued now properly when the lift was installed could it have jumped a spline or two?
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Nope, the Pitman arm/steering shaft is keyed in addition to being splined so it's not gonna slip a few splines. How can you be so sure your drag link is not bent? I can't even tell if mine is bent or not without comparing it to a known good one and I've been looking at them for years.
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:22 PM   #9
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I guess I cant I just assumed I would be able to see where it bent at.
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Old 05-03-2008, 05:10 PM   #10
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Had some time today to get under the jeep and take some measurements. Found out the axle wasn’t centered. Checked all control arms and they were true. Checked the track bar and it might have looked a bit bent where it attaches to the frame. Undid the bolt on the axle moved the axle to center and checked the steering wheel. It was straight. So it looks like I need a new track bar.
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yeah if the track bar is bent it will throw off the center link, along witht the axel. reverse dogtail.. good time to upgrade..
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2x on Bpowa. Time for a JKS track bar.

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