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Old 07-12-2013, 01:35 AM   #1
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Steering problems

So just recently my jeep started having problems steering, the steering has gotten a little bit tighter, and when I turn it pops, I can feel the pop in my feet. Also the front end vibrates on sharp turns web going slow, almost like its in 4wd. But I know it's not it 4wd because I have the posi lock and the cable isn't pulled and the transfer case isn't in 4. Any ideas? This is my daily driver so I need some help quick

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Old 07-12-2013, 03:04 AM   #2
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Front axle shaft u joints? Ball joints? Tie rod ends? What about the steering drive shaft?

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Old 07-12-2013, 03:05 AM   #3
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Sounds like you may have a bad tie-rod check all of the steering linkage for play.
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Old 07-12-2013, 03:23 AM   #4
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I've been thinking about replacing the ball joints for awhile. But I'm hesitant to drop cash on something that doesn't need to be replaced
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I've been thinking about replacing the ball joints for awhile. But I'm hesitant to drop cash on something that doesn't need to be replaced
Best way to tell if they are bad is lift one tire at a time. With a pry bar lift up on the tire and have someone watch the ball joints. If they move around they are bad.
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Old 07-12-2013, 05:50 AM   #6
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Best way to tell if they are bad is lift one tire at a time. With a pry bar lift up on the tire and have someone watch the ball joints. If they move around they are bad.
X2, my bet it's the ball joints.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:44 AM   #7
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Front axle shaft u joints? Ball joints? Tie rod ends? What about the steering drive shaft?
I'm down to the tie rod ends, it's on the driver side so which tie rod end should I buy left hand thread or right hand thread?
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:17 PM   #8
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Check AutoZone website read description it will tell you. Then you know and order from your choice.
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Old 07-22-2013, 01:53 PM   #9
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The driver's side tie rod end (short side) which screws into the 2 bolt coupler is a left handed thread. If it's been in there a long time, you may have to buy a replacement coupler as well, because when you try and take the tie rod out it will strip the threads in the coupler (know this from experience).

The tightness and popping that you are feeling might be coming from the lower column bearing. its mounted in the base of the column on the engine side of the firewall. Its a common problem, and usually a pain in the butt to fix.
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:39 PM   #10
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Front track bar still in? Bushing might be going bad on it causing popping.
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Front track bar still in? Bushing might be going bad on it causing popping.
Track bars are gone I can see on the jeep where the tie rod looks worn out
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Looks like its time to replace it all
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Looks like its time to replace it all
That why I was just going to replace the whole tie rod end
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Do you got a local tire shop that can do a front end shake down. We got Les Shawbs here that does it for free. They will tell you wants all wore out and needs to be replaced
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Do you got a local tire shop that can do a front end shake down. We got Les Shawbs here that does it for free. They will tell you wants all wore out and needs to be replaced
I'm not sure the closest two I know of are express tire lube center, and meineke tire

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