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Old 07-12-2011, 05:07 PM
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so then i took off my track bar...

i'll try to make a long story short.

i've had various, weird front suspension issues since i bought my wrangler 2 years ago. every mechanic i've taken it to has told me i'm insane and nothing is wrong. in order to try to pinpoint the problems myself, i took off the track bar last week. since i did that, the problems have gotten exponentially worse:

vibration at extreme low speeds (under 10mph, includes reversing)
at freeway speeds, trying to steer is very exciting. jeep wanders all over the road, every bump i hit causes me to swerve. not fun.
at city speeds, i have to very actively steer, going in a straight line is not an option at this point.

in the past, i also heard a knocking noise coming from the front passenger wheel area. that wheel also squeaks intermittently, have never been able to figure out why.

just greased the wheel bearings, u-joints are new(ish), just adjusted the steering, axle seals are new, brakes are fine.

took my jeep into the shop, they're telling me that all i need to do is replace the front shocks (i know this needs to happen, they're super old), and re-install the front track bar and that will solve my problem.

from what i've read, the track bar shouldn't be the problem. mechanic told me that the front diff is wiggling around like crazy and the track bar needs to be re-installed to fix that problem. somehow, i'm a little skeptical.

any ideas?
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Yea I would check your ball joints and maybe change the bushings at the leaf springs for starters the trac bar is not your problem if your jeeps got leaf springs. I drive mine a half hour or so on the highway each day to and from work with no trac bars and it's fine. I'm sure other people will chime in with more suggestions

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Many folks including myself don't run track bars as its not needed on a leaf spring jeep. It should like you might just have a bunch if issue related to age. Things to check:

1. Tires balanced
2. Front end out of alignment.
3. Shocks leaking, steering shock leaking
4. Tire rod ends worn or loose
5. Steering linkage worn or loose
6. Sway bar issues.

Post some pic's of the suspension if ya can. Any lift kit?
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to me is sounds like its a leaf spring issue. bad bushing/shot springs
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thanks for the help, everyone. i will post pics as soon as i get my jeep back from the shop.

i am well aware that a lot of my suspension needs to be replaced due to age- pretty sure everything i have is stock... and that means it's nearly 20 years old. oy.

i am not running any lift kit, but i do have 31 in tires. i *plan* on getting a lift kit sometime in the near future- probably 2.5" and then a 1" body lift.

hopefully i'll have some time this weekend to tear into the front end and see what's what. thanks again for the pointers, it helps a lot!
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I'd check your suspension bushings first, then your TREs and ball joints. If all is well, get your steering realigned and tires rebalanced. Steering stabilizer shouldn't be much of an issue. I've run without one for about 6 months now with no steering problems.
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Old 07-12-2011, 08:12 PM   #7
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2.5 suspension lift running on 31x10.5 tires. Removed my track bar and could not be happier. As others have said, check every and any bushings, ball joints and couplers along with every and any measurements on the front of your jeep. That should reveal the problem area but I believe your spring bushings are shot.
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You may also want to check your steering box. After 20 years stuff is bound to be worn in there.
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Check the u bolts. Mine had a similar problem and that's what it turned out to be.
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If someone tried to take freeplay out of the steering box they could have gotten it to tight. How much free play does your front end have in it?
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I had similar issues I replaced the steering box with 90% improvement the knuckles in the rods going from the column to the box also need to be replaced and I should be at 100 percent junkyard steering box cost me 65 bucks and I was safe but found driving a bit boring now lol
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Do you have lift shackles on the Jeep?
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i dont have time to read all the posts, but it should be an alignment thing.

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