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Old 05-13-2013, 07:09 PM   #1
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Play in steering.

I have a non lifted 95 with the 2.5 and power steering.

Had a leaking steering box so I got a remanufactured box.

Put in it per instructions and flushed as instructed.

Now to the problem.
Before this it had a wobble (not death wobble)

Its better now but still there a little.

Could it be the rest of my steering (or spring bushings) is worn out as well?

Or am I expecting too much from my Jeep?

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Old 05-13-2013, 07:19 PM   #2
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Every jeep I've driven has play in the steeri g..

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Old 05-14-2013, 01:40 AM   #3
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steering stabilizer? tie rod ends?
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:37 PM   #4
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Have someone wiggle your steering wheel and check all the tie rod ends and drag link. You may find something or you just need to align it and get rid of the wander. Even stock not lifted it needs to be tight and aligned. Also you may rotate the tires and see if that changes anything at all. Just a few ideas to look at.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:26 AM   #5
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Also check the bearing at the bottom of the steering column with the lower steering shaft joins.. That bearing as well as the tiny u-joints in the lower shaft could be giving you wobble..I'm getting ready to replace both of them. I have the same thing.. Also (And I'm hoping it shouldn't be the case, but there is an adjustment in the gear box.. with it being re-manufactured I would hope & expect you wouldn't have to touch it.. other thoughts opinions on that ?
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:08 PM   #6
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Ok I've narrowed my play to after the Pitman arm.
Rotated the tires with no change in handling.
I have no vibrations.
My ball joints don't look damaged but they do look old.
Considering replacing the bushings or installing a heavy duty steering bar kit.
You know the ones that say "one ton steering strength"
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Old 05-17-2013, 01:56 PM   #7
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make sure when someone turns the wheel back and forth to look at the pitman arm where it goes onto the splines. They wear in so to speak and will rock back & forth sometimes. If the pitman rocks/tips back and forth a little you'll want to pull the nut off, add a big washer then tighten it back down.

I ran into this about 50-100 miles after installing a new pitman arm. The paint wore on the splines causing it to tip slightly back and forth which accounted for almost a 2" deadzone on my steering wheel. Once tight, no dead zone at all.
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What will a big washer do?
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I assume he used it to help push the Pitman arm up night on the shaft
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Yes, the shaft is tapered and the washer allows the Pittman arm to go up the spline farther so it's tighter.
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:26 PM   #11
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The washer will only allow the pitman arm to go further up the tapered shaft if the shaft runs out of threads, and I don't think that's the case.

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