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Old 08-21-2011, 11:06 PM   #1
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a couple of alignment questions

First off I know nothing of alignments.
I got new tires and an alignment about a month ago.
When I took the Jeep in it had the death wabble and the steering wheel was turned bigtime to the left, so much that I could not see some of the guages from my normal driving position.
New tires and alignment fixed all of that and it was all straight but just yesterday I noticed that my steering wheel is just a little to the left again. My tire pressure is fine and the Jeep rides great.
When I let go of the wheel the Jeep goes straight, not pulling either way.
Why is the wheel doing this? Do I need an alignment again?
I've had so many problems with the death wabble in the past that I try my best not to hit any rough potholes but of course railroad crossings are unavoidable.
Do you think a couple of rough railroad crossings could have turned the wheel?

And what did the tire guy mean when he said that this was probably the last alignment I'd get out of my Jeep?

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Old 08-22-2011, 06:07 AM   #2
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They are supposed to lock the steering wheel down in the dead centered position before setting the toe adjustment. If it moved while the were adjusting the tie-rods, then locked all of the pinch bolts down, the steering wheel will be off. Unless you don't have an inner and outer tie-rod on both sides like and old Ford pick up. I'm not sure. If you do have inners and outers on both sides, it's easy to reset it. If not, then you have to pull the steering wheel and reinstall it centered. The alignment tech should have caught that when or if he test drove it. Bring it back and make them correct it.
I hope that helps. It's been a long time since i've been in that business, but we had to make it right back then. Should still be the same if too much time hasn't passed.

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Old 08-22-2011, 06:28 AM   #3
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Do you think a couple of rough railroad crossings could have turned the wheel?

And what did the tire guy mean when he said that this was probably the last alignment I'd get out of my Jeep?
Sorry, I forgot the other questions. Railroad crossing? Only if you have worn and sloppy steering parts, or if you bent a tie rod or the center link. I don't know all Jeeps, and which one you have, or it's steering design. So you may have all of these parts, or most of them
Last alignment? Means steering parts are getting a little sloppy. They will have to be replaced before aligning it again. Too much slack in steering parts means too much movement in the steering. It will never stay straight, so you can't get it to stay aligned. Maybe they shouldn't have aligned it, or you're being set up for expensive front end work. Get a friend that knows a little about front ends, and have them watch the steering components for slack while you move the steering wheel back and forth. Or use a pry bar to check for slack in the tie-rod ends, idler arm, pitman arm, and centerlink.
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Old 08-22-2011, 10:25 PM   #4
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Thank you very much for your help
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No problem. Hope that helps, and good luck.
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Old 08-23-2011, 02:24 AM   #6
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Alignment and re-centering the steering wheen is actually a very easy DIY job. Check this out: Basic Jeep Front End Alignment

I did mine a couple weeks ago. Nothing difficult about it.
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And what ever you do, DO NOT pull the steering wheel to recenter it. You'll destroy the SIR coil if you do.
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Old 09-09-2011, 03:33 PM   #8
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So yesterday I finally called Firestone and went in and they fixed it in minutes.
I had no idea that alignments have warranties.
The tech said someone did not tighten something enough.
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So yesterday I finally called Firestone and went in and they fixed it in minutes.
I had no idea that alignments have warranties.
The tech said someone did not tighten something enough.
benefits of having a shop do it
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Old 09-09-2011, 04:30 PM   #10
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I had the same problem after mudding and jumping my jeep. wheel was off and pointing left.
no pull in the wheel and rode fine.

i just got an alignment at belltire for 49 bucks, fixed it completely

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