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Old 07-22-2013, 01:31 PM   #1
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steering problems - darts left and right

I have a 1992 Jeep Wrangler yj. I just had upper and lower ball joints and driver bushing done and new tie rod end put on. tracking bar nut was tightened. It shows alligned right, however when I picked it up it wont track right. it darts to the left and right and feels like it could tip over. the shop is stumped. They told me my steering box was loose, however it didn't do that before I had the work done... Any ideas on what it could be would be greatly appreciated

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Old 07-22-2013, 01:49 PM   #2
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Lift it in the garage and have someone turn left and right while you look underneath and look for loose components.

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Old 07-22-2013, 01:56 PM   #3
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Take it to a shop that knows what they are doing...its pretty obvious that they screwed something up if it was OK before it went in..
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Old 07-22-2013, 01:57 PM   #4
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sounds like toe in is not right
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:15 PM   #5
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toe in my be off. and the 2 front tires are fighting eachother
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:43 PM   #6
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Usually a toe in will pull consistently to one side or the other, at least in my experience it has. I think they messed with your steering box.

Check your toe in anyway. Get a friend to help you. Mark the vertical center of your front tires on the rear and front of the tires. Make sure your parking brake is on and your wheels are perfectly strait (dont worry about the steering wheel). Then you and a buddy measure the distance between the front of your tires at the center line you marked, then do the same thing in the rear of the front tires. The front of your tires should be about 1/16" closer then the rear of your tires.

I do my own alignments and have been for a while now. If your measurements are where they are supposed to be then its not your toe in.
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Do you have a locker on the front axle? If the front is locked up and you go to turn on pavement, things can get really wonky really quick.
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:36 AM   #8
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Does this happen when you hit a bump? / has it been lifted?

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