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Old 08-30-2012, 07:16 PM   #1
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Alignment Question

So this weekend I replaced all the brake lines and hoses, front stabilizer bar end links and track bar (it was a busy weekend). Now the steering wheel is a good 45 degrees over when driving straight. Anyone ever had this happen? I imagine it's something to do with the track bar. It looks pretty straight forward to realign the front end, just wondering what may have caused this when I changed out the above parts.
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:25 PM   #2
Knows a couple things...

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The steering wheel's rotational position is affected anytime the distance between the frame and axle changes. The good news is that straightening it is an extremely easy thing to fix with only a wrench and a set of big waterpump pliers.

The drag link connects between the Pitman arm and tie rod and it is what turns the wheels left/right and is responsible for the steering wheel's position. You will find a short (6" or so) adjustment link on the drag link that is clamped in position by a pair of nuts and bolts. Loosen them and rotate the adjustment link until the steering wheel is straight, make sure to unlock the ignition switch first.

Now then... adjusting the link until the wheel is centered while the Jeep is sitting in your driveway is apt to make the steering wheel go past where you actually want it. So adjust the link until the steering wheel is closer to being where you want it and take a short test drive. No need to tighten the clamp bolts for this short test drive. Then keep adjusting the link back & forth until the steering wheel is finally centered when you drive it. I always need 4-5 test drives to get mine perfectly (I am a bit anal) straight. Then tighten the two nuts and bolts and you're done.

You can locate the drag link in the below photo...
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:34 PM   #3
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Thanks! I'll add it to the list for this weekend.
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