||09-23-2012 09:27 AM
Trouble Re-Centering Steering Wheel After Lift
So I'm stumped. I just installed a lift on my LJ and my steering wheel was way off center, which I read is fairly common. I went by the instructions from Basic Jeep Front End Alignment
to re-center and I hit a wall. First off, I like how they specify to grab and turn the turnbuckle "by hand" :banghead: doing it with a pipe wrench was hard enough.
But here goes..so my steering wheel was about 90 degrees off. I started turning the turnbuckle one way, by hand because it moved VERY little at this point but it wasn't impossible, and it seemed to work but got very tight, very quickly. So since the guide didn't give a specific direction to turn in, I figured I'd try the other way, even though it was the longer way for the wheel to travel to center, it was going a bit smoother (I ended up using some vice grips for extra leverage, but it was going well.) Welp, I got to damn near the end of the threads on both sides of the turnbuckle and saw that the steering wheel didn't travel nearly enough :banghead::banghead: So I had to go back the other way AGAIN. This time I grabbed a pipe wrench. Had my brother watch as I was cranking through, the pipe wrench was working wonders. The wheel didn't budge. Not a millimeter. I went all the way through to the OTHER end of the threads, and it didn't move at all. I'm afraid I might have messed something up. :hide:
So where I'm at right now, no matter what I do to the turnbuckle, the steering wheel stays in 1 position, which happens to be completely upside down at this point and I'm livid. The instructions on that site made it out to be way more simple than it was. I feel like I need to buy a whole new drag link at this point. :nonono: