Severe Steering Problems
I have a 2007 Wrangler JK unlimited with a four inch Rough Country Life.
I have a problem when turning or veering to the right. To make a 90 degree right turn I have to turn the wheel to the point that it physically can not go any further. If I veer to the right turning the steering wheel 10-15 degrees the steering wheel will not go back to center unless I make a hard left movement or hit a bump. There is no noticeable shake, shimmy, or wobble when I drive. If I let go of the steering wheel when driving straight it stays straight. Starting this morning; if I make any significant rightward movements the traction control will engage and start pumping the breaks for me. When I look under the rig, the only thing that stands out is that the passenger (right side) sway bar link is very loose, and needs to be replaced. I can not move the pitman arm with my hands, and the drag link doesn't seem to move or turn any more than it should when manipulated by my hands. I haven't had a chance to lift it and check the joints, but I'm almost afraid to even drive it home to try to do anything with it. Starting about a week ago I thought I noticed the steering wheel was a little off, but not so much so that I was convinced. This morning the whole issue became very noticeable. It's been over a month since I've been off road, so I can't really say that there has been anything that would likely be the cause of this problem. I have a bare minimum skill set when it comes to mechanical knowledge, and any help possible would be incredibly appreciated.
well the centering issue could be caused by play in the trackbar. have someone cycle the steering back and forth while you watch all of the components.
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