A neighbor stopped by yesterday to ask me if I could help him with an issue with his daughters Jeep. It's a 2000 model with what looks like a small body lift.
Shes been running Sport King A/T 33"s for a year, but originally had Super Swampers when he bought it used. the steering wheel doesn't seem to be aligned to center position when driving, kinda at 25 to 30 degrees angle. Originally he thought that it needed a front end alignment, but he said that he had that checked and the front end is aligned. The Jeep doesn't seem to pull left or right when driving or stopping, no damage to any of the front can be detected, no wreck or frame damage, no shuttering when stopping. He said that it didn't do that until he switched to the newer tires, it was aligned correctly when he had SuperSwampers. We checked air pressure and all are within half a pound, we rotated tires around to see if it makes a difference, it doesn't. I know nothing about front ends, neither does he, but he said he's had it checked and the front end is in alignment. Any ideas? I suggested he take it somewhere else but at the same time, one has to watch out for shops that want to charge lot's of money for doing nothing.
I ask him if she could have done some damage off roading but he said she doesn't go off road with it, just back and forth to school, so he bought a cheaper all terrain tire. I remember when he bought it and actually got a chance to drive it myself, the steering wasn't like that. Again, when the tires were changed is when he says it became noticeable. What should we be looking for here? can the steering wheel be adjusted back to center position? Is that advisable? what would cause the steering wheel to be in a different position? If it's straighten to what I call "zero" position, then the vehicle goes left. It's like the steering wheel and the front end are out of sync.