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Old 05-16-2010, 07:06 PM   #1
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Tight/Stiff steering

The last couple days the steering almost seems like it's binding up. when I check the power steering pump the fluid is full and appears clean.

Tomorrow I'll have the wife help saw the steering back & forth to see if anything in binding, but for now I'm at a loss for what it could be.

The only thing right now I think it might be an issue with the steering gear box.

Any input would be greatly appeciated.

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Old 05-17-2010, 11:23 AM   #2
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Also forgot to add... When ever I turn it almost feels like there's barely any power steering.

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Old 05-17-2010, 12:36 PM   #3
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When was the last time you greased the ball joints and steering linkage. Sounds like something is frozed up.
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Old 05-17-2010, 01:25 PM   #4
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Zerks were just greased last month. I'll give them a hit tonight just to see though.

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Old 05-17-2010, 03:53 PM   #5
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Power Steering Pump? I do not know how to test but that would be the first to come to my mind?
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Old 05-17-2010, 04:18 PM   #6
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check above two things and get back to us.

no abnormal noises? generally when a PS pump dies it does so in a loud manner.

you didn't adjust the lash in the gearbox did you? (many times people over tighten it, causing this.)
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Old 05-17-2010, 07:11 PM   #7
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Nope, no loud noises and nope have not messed with adjustment screw.

I'll check the pulley next and hit the zerks and take for test ride.

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Old 05-17-2010, 07:24 PM   #8
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Nope, no loud noises and nope have not messed with adjustment screw.

I'll check the pulley next and hit the zerks and take for test ride.

chris
Make sure the ball joints squirt grease out. My YJ was never greased when I bought it and I had to grease it while someone turned the wheel back and forth until it took grease. They were frozen tight.
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Old 05-20-2010, 11:27 AM   #9
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did you come up with any solutions today I have the same problem
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Old 05-20-2010, 12:18 PM   #10
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Haven't had a chance yet, kids were sick last couple days and working on remodeling a kitchen. I'll probably check tonight since I'll be somewhat freed up.

I would suggestion checking your steering stabilizer first and also check your fan belt and tension on the fan belt.

Mine at times feels like there's NO power steering.

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Might need a new PS pump.
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Old 07-06-2010, 09:21 AM   #12
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It's been a while to get back to this, with a Kitchen remodel and vacation, so finally back on this one.

I put the front end up on the jack and tried steering back & forth and it moves freely with no binding or issues.

Once back on ground and weight of vehicle it feels almost like it's binding or tight. Same thing when driving down the road, sometimes feel tight and sometimes ok.

PS fluid level is good and clean fluid as well. The way it feels I'm starting to think its the PS Pump, but would hate to throw money into a pump and it's still not fixed. Guess will start looking for pumps to get an idea of price.

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Old 07-07-2010, 04:07 AM   #13
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Try to avoid remanufactured pumps (I replaced mine with a remanufactured Mopar PS pump - bought sealed from a dealership and had the same problems as with the old one - same noise, same loss of power).
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And I used the Mopar steering fluid!
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Old 07-07-2010, 04:50 AM   #15
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I know this might sound stupid but I had a 97 that i thought had some power steering problems. It felt really tight and would want to pull to the side after i made a turn.Being cheep as i am took a closer look and found the rubber boot that goes through the firewall was binding up .All i did was spray silicone on it ,then worked it around and spryed it again,worked great.
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I know you said the fluid looks good, but Have you had the fluid changed/flushed? Might be a cheaper 1st step.
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:46 PM   #17
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Any updates? I recently started to experience the same hard/stiff steering in my '98 TJ...
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I dunno for sure about a TJ shaft, but YJ's have a bad thing about rusting the ujoints in the sector shaft (shaft that connects the steering column with the steering box). I would start there.

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