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jeepiah98 02-18-2010 06:42 PM

Questions for Veterans
 
So I just purchased my first YJ (1995, Hard Top) the other day and I've spent almost every moment possible workingon/cleaning/poking around it and I have a couple questions.
1. The front steering is really loose. It seems like I have about 20-degree wiggle room on either side without any response. But when it kicks in, it kicks in! It seems like i spend a good deal of time keeping it under control. It may be that I am not used to the type of steering, so I ask: is this normal?

2. I need seat covers, badly. Anyone have any suggestions? Keep in mind, I am on a tight (non-existant, really) budget.

Thanks guys!!!
-Scotty
Boston, MA

thechink09 02-18-2010 07:48 PM

i know when ever i got my 94 yj the steering felt really loose to me so i replace the Steering Stabilizer and it made a HUGE difference. you might try replacing that.

only other thing i can think of is the tie rod ends

jeepiah98 02-18-2010 08:08 PM

Is this something that I might be able to do myself? One of my goals in purchasing her was to make a "hobbie" out of it. That said, is there some kind of guide I could use to direct me?
THanks for the info!!!
-Scotty

Garyk 02-18-2010 08:16 PM

No steering is not normal. If its that loose it could be several things from pitman arm, tie rod ends or the steering box itself. A cheap way to see what gives is to get someone to help you, crawl under and have them turn the steering wheel slowly, see what moves and what doesn't. You should be able to see some play at the above places. Get a Haynes or Chilton book too.

jeepiah98 02-18-2010 08:55 PM

That sounds doable...thanks! I'll keep folks posted on my progress.
Also, I'll be posting photos soon, too.
-Scotty

scott howard 02-18-2010 09:38 PM

like Garyk said ...get a repair book first and you will find most steering problems are easy repairs even for a person just starting to learn about Jeep repair.
You will only need basic tools and a tie rod fork tool ( very cheap ) to fix almost all steering problems.

If you start into it and need to talk with someone give me a call and I will see if i can walk you thru the problem.

scott howard
940-923-8118

bergy 02-18-2010 09:58 PM

my 87 YJ has has quite a bit of play also from stuff getting worn out from off roading and what not, i havent fix it yet because it is consistent and i have learned to drive with it... like Garyk said get a Haynes or Chilton manual, they can show you how to do just about everything step by step

VolForce 02-19-2010 10:26 AM

any progress? also for seat covers, seat glovers are some really nice neoprene covers that fir like a glove....hence the name. If they are out of budget, I have had some luck with some cheap ones I found at "Big Lots" for $5 ea....they do the job.

copleydad 02-19-2010 11:10 AM

Hey Scotty........Bobby from Woburn here

Have a buddy in VA who got the $179 special seat covers off ebay, "mustmotoring.com". Both front and back neoprene seat covers. I'm saving up for the Wet Okoles, figuring on about $400 for what I want. Cheaper stuff out there, but for this area, my thoughts are neoprene is the way to go.

As far as your steering, sounds like some play in the ball joints, not a huge project to change out. I did ball joints on my old 96 Cherokee years ago, took about 2 hours.

Welcome to the forum. PM me and I'll send you my phone number if you need help on the projects, or maybe a Jeep's day out.

Bobby O

kvc123 02-19-2010 06:08 PM

I've said before and it's worth repeating. Invest in a set of shop manuals. They will pay for themselves the first time you need to do some wrenching. Example: I just changed out my clutch master cylinder. Took me a couple hours, total cost...$65. Taking it to a shop...$200+.
Beside that, I have learned so much just from the good people in this forum.

thechink09 02-19-2010 07:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by copleydad (Post 550430)
Hey Scotty........Bobby from Woburn here

Have a buddy in VA who got the $179 special seat covers off ebay, "mustmotoring.com". Both front and back neoprene seat covers. I'm saving up for the Wet Okoles, figuring on about $400 for what I want. Cheaper stuff out there, but for this area, my thoughts are neoprene is the way to go.


Bobby O

are those covers any good? i was thinking about getting those too. but i dont want to waste my money for some cheap made product.

copleydad 02-19-2010 07:21 PM

^^^^ My buddy says they fit really well and look good. I haven't seen them yet, and he is pretty picky like me, so I would bet they are nice if he likes them.

Like I said, I am set on the Wet Okole brand. Saw them out in Palm Springs last fall and down in Fort Lauderdale last month. If they look good at a Florida beach and after getting baked in the Cali desert sun, I know they would last in New England

jeepiah98 02-19-2010 09:37 PM

Scott- I just might end up having to take you up on that...thanks, man!
-Scotty

punkafi888 02-19-2010 09:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeepiah98 (Post 549944)
So I just purchased my first YJ (1995, Hard Top) the other day and I've spent almost every moment possible workingon/cleaning/poking around it and I have a couple questions.
1. The front steering is really loose. It seems like I have about 20-degree wiggle room on either side without any response. But when it kicks in, it kicks in! It seems like i spend a good deal of time keeping it under control. It may be that I am not used to the type of steering, so I ask: is this normal?

2. I need seat covers, badly. Anyone have any suggestions? Keep in mind, I am on a tight (non-existant, really) budget.

Thanks guys!!!
-Scotty
Boston, MA

have some one turn the steering wheele while you look at the links and see how much play its got. itll blow your mind. and its more than likely bad ball joints. i know mine have been going bad for a long time.

jeepiah98 02-19-2010 10:00 PM

I'll have to take some pics of the undercarriage and post them on here tomorrow. Maybe that will help as a diagnostic tool. You guys have all been so helpful - I truly do appreciate all of it!!!

jeepiah98 03-10-2010 06:41 AM

Picasa Web Albums - Scotty - Jeepiah IV

Here are my pictures... I plan on taking some more from the engine today...
So - I got the Haynes Manual.... you were all right! It's worth it!!!! I checked for codes too on the check engine light... I'm getting codes for the Throttle Sensor, O2 Sensor, and "02 Sensor Lean Condition"... more to follow.. Thanks, Guys
-Scotty

duaneduanet 03-13-2010 06:25 PM

I have the bestop seat covers and love them. Not sure if they would be in your budget though. [IMG]http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h2...p/IMG_0340.jpg[/IMG]


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