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Old 07-16-2008, 07:49 PM   #1
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03 TJ pulls hard to the right randomly...

A friend of mine has an 03 TJ, auto, 3" suspension lift and 33" tires. She's been having a problem where at speeds of 45mph and up mostly, it will randomly pull to the right, sometimes under braking. It was so bad the other day the Jeep went off the right side of the road and into a ditch.

They replaced the tie rods, and checked the alignment. It stopped happening as frequently and was less severe.

I don't have any Jeep experience myself (I do cars). I have not looked over the vehicle personally... The next thing to check in my mind would be to see maybe if there was an issue with the front right brake...

But I'm wondering if anyone else has had a similar problem?

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Old 07-16-2008, 08:03 PM   #2
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does she has a dropped pitman arm and no dropped trackbar bracked or vice versa?
that would cause bump steer.

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Old 07-16-2008, 08:15 PM   #3
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A dragging brake is obviously a good place to start, as well as a poor lift (bad parts etc).

I had a similar problem, but I don't think my symptoms were as severe. Is she by any chance having issues with axle seal leaks? Did she just have one replaced, or is one leaking? If she hasn't had one replaced, and isn't sure, take a peak at the inside of the wheels, from underneath the jeep (the back side). I had a bent axle shaft in the right rear of my rubicon. Was causing all kinds of odd symptoms until the dealer realized it was a bent shaft.
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:42 PM   #4
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Mine was similar, I think, when I first bought it I would be driving down the road and If I hit a bump with any turn the stering wheel would turn side ways but keep driving straight. Crawl under the front end and have her move the steering wheel back and forth see if any of the new suspension components are loose and move around If so tightening the bolts might work I welded some of the front brackets on instead. Just a sugestion!
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After riding with the lift for a while you are suppose to retighten everything! did she do that?
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:45 PM   #5
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Hmm. Thanks guys. I will have to look into it some more. I am sorry I don't have more info... but like I said I know little about Jeeps.

She has been lifted and on the same wheels/tires (which were checked for balance) for about 4 years (she bought it new 5 years ago.

I know she was working on it with her dad. I will have to see if I can find more details. She is strongly considering going for a 4dr JK... I told her I'd give her $6k for hers... hehehe (I'd give her a fair price, but I are funnay)
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Old 07-17-2008, 12:44 PM   #6
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If any fluid got on the pads it will cause that side to lock up while braking. A hung up caliper or collapsed brake hose will cause the jeep to pull, but more things will be evident if that happens. The caliper will apperar overheated and bleued i think is the word.

I agree with everyone else though get underneath and check every joint. A problem that bad should be pretty obvious in most cases.
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Old 08-02-2008, 08:43 PM   #7
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Well two shops looked at it, replaced a bunch of items, and never fully fixed it.

I never got to look at it myself... as much to my surprise when I called to see where we were going tonight, she was busy signing the papers on a new 4dr JK, and trading the 03 in. Guess it's somebody else's problem now

Oh well... guess we'll see how the JK does. I doubt she can go more than a month before it has to get lifted, but we'll see!

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