So I'm stumped. I just installed a lift on my LJ and my steering wheel was way off center, which I read is fairly common. I went by the instructions from Basic Jeep Front End Alignment to re-center and I hit a wall. First off, I like how they specify to grab and turn the turnbuckle "by hand" doing it with a pipe wrench was hard enough.
But here goes..so my steering wheel was about 90 degrees off. I started turning the turnbuckle one way, by hand because it moved VERY little at this point but it wasn't impossible, and it seemed to work but got very tight, very quickly. So since the guide didn't give a specific direction to turn in, I figured I'd try the other way, even though it was the longer way for the wheel to travel to center, it was going a bit smoother (I ended up using some vice grips for extra leverage, but it was going well.) Welp, I got to damn near the end of the threads on both sides of the turnbuckle and saw that the steering wheel didn't travel nearly enough So I had to go back the other way AGAIN. This time I grabbed a pipe wrench. Had my brother watch as I was cranking through, the pipe wrench was working wonders. The wheel didn't budge. Not a millimeter. I went all the way through to the OTHER end of the threads, and it didn't move at all. I'm afraid I might have messed something up.
So where I'm at right now, no matter what I do to the turnbuckle, the steering wheel stays in 1 position, which happens to be completely upside down at this point and I'm livid. The instructions on that site made it out to be way more simple than it was. I feel like I need to buy a whole new drag link at this point.
Spend 50 bucks and have it aligned, it'll be the best $50.00 you ever spent.
Thanks for the reply! I'm getting new wheels and tires within a month and I'm going to have a professional alignment done then, I'd rather not do it twice if I don't have to. Also, I don't want to bring it in to get aligned, have them tell me something on my drag link is screwed up, and then charge me a 90 dollar diagnostic fee or screw me in some other way
At a glace I think it's alright. Aside from the turnbuckle looking chewed up from turning it. If I DID screw something up I'd guess it's within the turnbuckle...maybe I screwed up the threads in one of the spots? I mean, the steering wheel was moving slowly at first, now not at all.
Then again if the threads were screwed up enough to not move the wheel, then I'd think they wouldn't feed into the turnbuckle at all..which isn't the case.
FML! I didn't even dawn on me until just now. Was I supposed to have the key turned to the on position so the steering wheel could move?! I just went to put the key in and the wheel is basically locked up, can't turn the key at all either. AHH
SON OF A B! Nope, wheels could stay on the ground just fine. I put the key in the ignition, cranked the other way on the turnbuckle while I had my brother check the key. As soon as it go into the right position where he could put the key to the on position, I literally could have moved the turn buckle with 2 fingers. I'm as pissed as I am stupid. I should have known about the key but that dude probably should have mentioned it in the article as well I hope I didn't do any serious damage to the steering by cranking on it like that without the key in. It went pretty smooth on a test drive, I have to do a little more adjusting to it but nothing way out of whack yet. GAHHHH Thanks for the help though!!