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Old 08-30-2010, 09:41 PM   #1
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Question steering wheel odd position.

i test drove a 2000 Wrangler today --really liked it (as i told ParaCAD on Twitter; it's a 2.5L, no A/C, i can live with that, of course it feels less powerful than the Mercury 8cyl -4.6L i'm currently driving :}

if i can get the financing lined up it's likely mine, one odd thing i noticed during the test drive; you know usually when you go straight the steering wheel is horizontal, with this one the steering wheel is positioned almost like in this pic: Jeep_wheel.jpg while going straight, is that fixable ?

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ps. this Wrangler also has a very clean CarFax report.


(fingers crossed the financing will be worked out tomorrow..)

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Old 08-30-2010, 09:47 PM   #2
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A crooked steering wheel is easily fixed but there can be two causes of that problem.... 1) it may just need a minor adjustment to its drag link's length which is very simple and non-technical. A 1/2 banana job.

2) More serious but still not actually serious is that if it has been offroaded, it may have a bent tie rod or a bent drag link. You can identify those pieces below. A bent tie rod is easily spotted because it is supposed to be perfectly straight. A bent drag link (but far less likely) is more difficult to detect because it already has a few normal bends in it.

Whatever is causing the steering wheel to be off like that is likely very easily fixed. Even if the tie rod is bent, a replacement tie rod is inexpensive. A drag link is far less likely to be bent but is a little more expensive than a tie rod... neither is expensive though. Best case scenario is that it just needs that quick adjustment to its drag link length to straighten the steering wheel which you can do on your own with nothing more than a wrench and pliers.
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:30 PM   #3
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Hahahaha I had to replace my drag link after it got bent. Mine was in that same exact position as that one
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how do you properly adjust the drag link? mine does this too
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go get it aligned at a alignment shop near u that will fix it. same thing happens to me about every couple of years
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thanks Jerry.... you eased my mind. hopefully tomorrow i have good news.
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how do you properly adjust the drag link? mine does this too
Loosen the two bolt clamps on the ends of the drag link's short threaded length adjustment link which allows you to adjust the drag link's length by rotating that short link.

If the steering wheel is too far left as you drive straight ahead, the drag link is too long and must be shortened so the link is rotated in a direction that moves the front of it upward.

If the steering wheel is too far to the right as you drive straight ahead, the drag link is too short and it needs to be lengthened so the link is rotated so the part in front is moved downward.

It doesn't take much rotation of that link to move the steering wheel quite a bit. It will probably take a few attempts to get it right, driving it between adjustments until you get it perfect.

But when the steering wheel is off, don't forget that something had to have caused it to get off. A front-end alignment where they didn't straighten the steering wheel afterward, installing a suspension lift, or the tie rod or drag link was bent somehow, likely from offroading.
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Loosen the two bolt clamps on the ends of the drag link's short threaded length adjustment link which allows you to adjust the drag link's length by rotating that short link.

If the steering wheel is too far left as you drive straight ahead, the drag link is too long and must be shortened so the link is rotated in a direction that moves the front of it upward.

If the steering wheel is too far to the right as you drive straight ahead, the drag link is too short and it needs to be lengthened so the link is rotated so the part in front is moved downward.

It doesn't take much rotation of that link to move the steering wheel quite a bit. It will probably take a few attempts to get it right, driving it between adjustments until you get it perfect.

But when the steering wheel is off, don't forget that something had to have caused it to get off. A front-end alignment where they didn't straighten the steering wheel afterward, installing a suspension lift, or the tie rod or drag link was bent somehow, likely from offroading.
Offroading and a hidden log in mud will do the trick.
Mine got bent when a hidden log in mud(high than Axel, it was high enough to hit drag link).
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Offroading and a hidden log in mud will do the trick.
thats what happened to me.

thanks for the info Jerry!
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Thanks guys! I had the same problem bad and that did the trick! Thanks!
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:50 PM   #11
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man its a jeep and it will grow on you,a jeep steering wheel will have alittle play even after you adjust everything ,easy fix whatever it is
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obviously never got to buy it (else i would have told you all) this time i'm more serious and likely selling my BMW motorcycle + pay off Mercury = buy Jeep.

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