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Chili TJ 06-27-2013 10:10 PM

Steering dead spot. Help?
 
I have a fairly large dead spot in my steering. Maybe quarter of a turn of play when wiggling the steering wheel with the Jeep off and the wheels on the ground. The only place I could see play is where the lower steering shaft couples to the steering box. I can't feel any play in the steering box when the steering shaft is disconnected.

Also, my steering box is a reman. durango box that I installed a couple months ago. I can't feel any play in the steering shaft either, so it is almost like the play is in the splines in the connection between the two? All of the play is happening before the pitman arm.

I can grab on to the coupler and move it up and down and back and forth on the steering box input shaft. Are the splines on the lower steering shaft worn out? Or should I go use the warranty and get a new power steering box, though it has no obvious play? I appreciate any help!

Chili TJ 06-27-2013 10:45 PM

It's almost as if the splines aren't catching and the only reason the steering wheel turns is that the input shaft/coupler are D shaped.

Cardone® Remanufactured 27-7588 - Steering Gear Box | O'Reilly Auto Parts

That is my power steering box which is mounted on my 98 Wrangler SE. My guess is the splines have worn enough on the steering shaft that they no longer catch on the splines on the gear box?

jeepwayoflife 06-28-2013 02:25 AM

Do you still have your stock one you could test it with? If you swap that in to test if its the box or not? I assume the old one is dead though...

Chili TJ 06-28-2013 09:11 AM

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Originally Posted by jeepwayoflife (Post 3907442)
Do you still have your stock one you could test it with? If you swap that in to test if its the box or not? I assume the old one is dead though...

My old one is pretty shot..loose and leaks badly. This dead spot in my steering feels almost exactly the same after the box swap as it did before it. I realized looking at it again that there isn't much for grease on the splines. Could that be all it is?

SlightlyMoto 01-18-2014 08:28 AM

I saw a guy chasing a dead spot and it ended up being one or both of the input shafts being worn out in their joints. Ill see if i can find it


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