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Old 03-08-2012, 12:37 AM   #1
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Pulls to right slightly, steering wheel to the right... Help?

The whole time I have had my Jeep I haven't really addressed this issue... Basically it has a tiny bit of a pull to the right when rolling down the road. The steering wheel is turned to the right slightly, as you can see here:



That's with all of the tires at an even 36PSI. What could be at play here? Drag link out of adjustment?

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Old 03-08-2012, 01:27 AM   #2
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I think I have the same issue (accept mine is a bit worse, wheel is probably 10 degrees off on ours). I've replaced the steering shaft from the wheel to the box (no adjustment in that), I think that the steering box must have been replaced before, and might be off a tooth or two.

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Old 03-08-2012, 01:38 AM   #3
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Pull the steering wheel and turn it to the left a bit that's what I did to mine haha
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Old 03-08-2012, 02:10 AM   #4
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over time when your suspension sags it brings the pitman arm down, thus altering the geometry of the steering linkage, you should do an alignment and make sure your toe in is about 1/16th to 1/8th of an inch in, and then adjust your drag link after to re center your steering wheel.

As for the gear box as mentioned above, the steering shaft should only go on one way, and the pitman arm is keyed to the output shaft of the steering gear. there is an adjustment screw as well on the gear box to tighten up your steering if it starts getting sloppy.

No need to pull the steering wheel off when in actuality you should really be adjusting where the problem is occurring, not where you're noticing it. when your wheel is dead center your pitman arm should also be pointing back dead center.
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DarkProx said what I was gonna. You need to take it to an alignment shop and tell them what is going on. I am fairly sure you will find that the drag link can be adjusted at the pitman arm to get the steering wheel back in line. It is easy to do, but it sounds like your alignment is off causing your problem with it pulling and all. Good luck
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:50 AM   #6
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You don't need to take it to an alignment shop. Its actually pretty simple to do one yourself. With the exception of using shims to adjust caster, the only adjustment you can make on a yj is toe in. Which is a matter of adjusting the tie rod in or out
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Its actually pretty simple to do one yourself.
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Old 03-08-2012, 01:47 PM   #8
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Take 2 long somewhat flat, sturdy pieces of material like square tubing or rebar.. something long enough that it will be at least 5 or 6 inches longer than your tire is tall..

Next take a bungee cord and strap said flat material (ill refer to them as bars) to your tire, so its parallel to the ground and runs through the center line of the axle, do this on both sides

With your tires straight, take a measurement from the rear between the bars, make sure to take the measurements from equal distances from the tire as close to it as you can, and pick either from the insides of the bars or outsides.. whatever you pick be consistent. Write down the distance.

Take the measurement from the front of the tires the same as the rear, take the measurement from the same side of the bars as you did for the rear. Write this distance down.

Your front measurement should be 1/16th to 1/8th of an inch shorter than the rear. If not make the appropriate adjustments in the tie rod end links until you've reached the correct measurement.

Once this has been set take it for a short drive, check the steering wheel alignment when driving on a flat straightaway. When you get back home make the necessary adjustments in the drag link ends until your wheel is straight again.

Might help to have a friend with you to give a hand.
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Take 2 long somewhat flat, sturdy pieces of material like square tubing or rebar.. something long enough that it will be at least 5 or 6 inches longer than your tire is tall..

Next take a bungee cord and strap said flat material (ill refer to them as bars) to your tire, so its parallel to the ground and runs through the center line of the axle, do this on both sides

With your tires straight, take a measurement from the rear between the bars, make sure to take the measurements from equal distances from the tire as close to it as you can, and pick either from the insides of the bars or outsides.. whatever you pick be consistent. Write down the distance.

Take the measurement from the front of the tires the same as the rear, take the measurement from the same side of the bars as you did for the rear. Write this distance down.

Your front measurement should be 1/16th to 1/8th of an inch shorter than the rear. If not make the appropriate adjustments in the tie rod end links until you've reached the correct measurement.

Once this has been set take it for a short drive, check the steering wheel alignment when driving on a flat straightaway. When you get back home make the necessary adjustments in the drag link ends until your wheel is straight again.

Might help to have a friend with you to give a hand.
Good description.......one other thing to remember is if you are adjusting the toe-in and have to measure several times, after each adjustment, bounce the jeep a few times and also pull the front of the tires out...(needs two people) this helps to set the toe and you get a better measurement.....learned this from years in stock car racing..
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Yes do pull the front of the tires out to get all the slack out, I just measure from rim to rim as close to center line as I can.

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