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Old 11-14-2010, 09:49 PM   #1
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Align steer wheel?

My steering wheel is not centered. Is it just a matter of pulling off wheel, rotating it slightly and reinstalling? Or does it fit in only one position? Which means problem is in shaft or gearbox.

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Old 11-14-2010, 09:55 PM   #2
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Nah you can pop it off and put it straight....or you can turn the drag link adjuster and straighten it

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Old 11-14-2010, 10:07 PM   #3
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i was wondering the same thing, thanks for the info.
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Old 11-14-2010, 10:56 PM   #4
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adjusting the drag link is pretty easy.......there are some directions here somewhere.
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Old 11-14-2010, 11:39 PM   #5
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Basic Jeep Front End Alignment
The bit on adjusting you steering wheel is towards the end
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Old 11-15-2010, 06:56 AM   #6
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Installed a drop pitman arm this weekend and had to adjust the steering wheel back to center. Adjusting the drag link is the correct way to do it.
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I disagree, I'd much rather pop the wheel off in two minutes than do that
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I disagree, I'd much rather pop the wheel off in two minutes than do that
I adhusted my drag link to recenter my steering wheel after installing a lift.

Took less than 5 minutes........
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:07 AM   #9
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On a TJ that is faster but on a YJ popping the wheel is
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Old 11-16-2010, 06:33 AM   #10
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I am in a YJ. I have no idea which is the drag link? I will have to consult the Hayes manual. Seems to me the wheel is connected to shaft which connected to steering box which is connected to pitman arm. So any easy fix would occur between wheel and steering box?
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I am in a YJ. I have no idea which is the drag link? I will have to consult the Hayes manual. Seems to me the wheel is connected to shaft which connected to steering box which is connected to pitman arm. So any easy fix would occur between wheel and steering box?
First off you always want to make the correction by adjusting the drag link. The drag link connects to the pitman arm and has wo clamps that must be loosened to adjust it's length. I used a couple of vice grips to rotate the link to increase the length bringing the wheel back to center.

Very easy to do.
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On a TJ that is faster but on a YJ popping the wheel is
If the wheel is only off a small amount then you would be fine adjusting the steering wheel. But if you install a lift without a drop pitman arm, then you have to, or should make the correction on the drag link. If you were to just relocate the wheel it will throw off the directionals on the steering column. I drove mine for a couple week before having a 4 wheel alignment done after putting 33s on and the directionals would never turn off after making a turn. It was annoying. The top center of my wheel shifted counterclockwise and was sitting at 9 o'clock after the lift.

I just installed a drop pitman arm (a few months after the 4" lift) and had to shorten the length of the drag link back now that the geometries are are closer to stock.

Just curious...I never owned a TJ...this is my first Jeep (YJ). How's the steering setup different on the TJ? I would think there is still a pitman arm, tie rod and drag link setup.
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If the wheel is only off a small amount then you would be fine adjusting the steering wheel. But if you install a lift without a drop pitman arm, then you have to, or should make the correction on the drag link. If you were to just relocate the wheel it will throw off the directionals on the steering column. I drove mine for a couple week before having a 4 wheel alignment done after putting 33s on and the directionals would never turn off after making a turn. It was annoying. The top center of my wheel shifted counterclockwise and was sitting at 9 o'clock after the lift.

I just installed a drop pitman arm (a few months after the 4" lift) and had to shorten the length of the drag link back now that the geometries are are closer to stock.

Just curious...I never owned a TJ...this is my first Jeep (YJ). How's the steering setup different on the TJ? I would think there is still a pitman arm, tie rod and drag link setup.
I think you had a different problem why your signals weren't working. The reason I say that is is I have jeep columns in my shop that cancel just fine with the wheel on upsidedown, sideways, etc etc. In fact, you can spin the shaft with no wheel on it and get the turn signals to work.

The reason I said its easier to pop the wheel off and recenter it is that most stock drag links are rusted up so bad that you would screw up more stuff messing with it. Either way is fine, I was just pointing out the easiest. The reason a TJ is different is the airbag is in the way of wheel removal and is more time consuming.
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I think you had a different problem why your signals weren't working. The reason I say that is is I have jeep columns in my shop that cancel just fine with the wheel on upsidedown, sideways, etc etc. In fact, you can spin the shaft with no wheel on it and get the turn signals to work.

The reason I said its easier to pop the wheel off and recenter it is that most stock drag links are rusted up so bad that you would screw up more stuff messing with it. Either way is fine, I was just pointing out the easiest. The reason a TJ is different is the airbag is in the way of wheel removal and is more time consuming.
You're probably right about the steering column and directionals. When I bought my jeep it had the steering column replace with a GM. LONG STORY! Thanks.
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Just curious...I never owned a TJ...this is my first Jeep (YJ). How's the steering setup different on the TJ? I would think there is still a pitman arm, tie rod and drag link setup.
Its the same
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Looks like I'll be pulling wheel. Loosened drag link bolts but couldn't get bar to turn.
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:03 PM   #17
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:13 PM   #18
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Did you try using a large pipe wrench to turn the drag link? You wouldn't be able to do it by hand even if it was new.
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did you try using a large pipe wrench to turn the drag link? You wouldn't be able to do it by hand even if it was new.
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:29 PM   #20
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Just pop the wheel off, center it and your done....5 minutes tops
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Old 11-22-2010, 05:54 PM   #21
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Yep dud grabbed the old pipe wrench and applied some pressure...no go. Might try soak with wd40 and try again.
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WD40 isnt worthless but this is not the best application for it. 656, L-Wrench or PB Blaster would be a better alternative.
You could use a torch too just do get the heat near the tie rod end.
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I used Moovit and a big pipe wrench. Blasted it good, let it soak while I had a couple beer and played with other stuff then went after it with the pipe wrench. Took about 5 minutes.
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Old 11-28-2010, 09:52 PM   #25
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I had the same problem about the steering wheel not being centered. I popped of the steering wheel but cannot rotate it to a straight position due to the horn button that also goes thru the steering wheel hub. Did any one else have this problem?
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I had the same problem about the steering wheel not being centered. I popped of the steering wheel but cannot rotate it to a straight position due to the horn button that also goes thru the steering wheel hub. Did any one else have this problem?
Thats exactly the problem I ran into. I tried to shortcut and just pop the wheel, but quickly realized this was just a bandaid when surgery was needed
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Old 11-29-2010, 09:27 AM   #27
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I can see where that could be a potential problem, but I've never ran into it
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Thats exactly the problem I ran into. I tried to shortcut and just pop the wheel, but quickly realized this was just a bandaid when surgery was needed
Yep, just do it right........
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Old 11-29-2010, 09:37 AM   #29
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LOL the right way is different depending on who you are. There are actually 4 ways to do this job
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The link to front end alignment is helpful. Thanks

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