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La Bestia 05-10-2014 11:11 AM

Stiff steering aftet offroading
Hi everyone! Last week I took my new jeep off-roading (and mudding) for the first time. After this my steering is significantly stiffer. I've hosed my chassis, wheels, tires, under the good and everywhere buy it does not get any softer. Any idea of what this could be? Had anyone had the same happened?

dwindeck 05-10-2014 11:22 AM

I'm sure it doesn't apply to your situation , I doubt you aired down but, is your air pressure normal. Any chance you bent your steering stabilizer? Or it's just tweaked a bit. Just throwing out ideas because I have no clue why this would happen.

flyfishnevada 05-10-2014 11:35 AM

Did you put it back in two wheel drive? Leaving it in four wheel drive bind things and might make the steering feel a bit stiff. Just a thought. I mean, it's not like I've ever done anything like that :nonono:

La Bestia 05-10-2014 02:29 PM

It may be pressure. It is magnified when moving from zero into a sharp turn (like parking). I hope I did not damage anything... And as far as I see it still in 2wd....

Captain Ahab 05-10-2014 02:52 PM

Just mud? or some rocks? I can only think of the stabilizer, as well. It's the only thing there to resist steering motion.

La Bestia 05-10-2014 03:43 PM


Originally Posted by Captain Ahab (Post 10524042)
Just mud? or some rocks? I can only think of the stabilizer, as well. It's the only thing there to resist steering motion.

yes I did go through rocks! I will check for damage In the stabilizer bar.... Hope it is not...

La Bestia 05-10-2014 05:18 PM

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Does not look damaged to me...

X50ARM 05-10-2014 05:28 PM

Looks like the stabilizer was rubbed on something in the pics. I'd pull it and go for a drive.

dwindeck 05-10-2014 05:53 PM

If you have a way, jack both fronts off the ground and grab a tire and see if it's fairly easy to go full left to right. If there's no real resistance then your looking at something with the power steering pump maybe. Is the power steering fluid good?

Lumberjack_MC 05-11-2014 01:39 AM

When I had this issue on my old dodge ram it was the stabilizer, it looked fine but when removed the problem went away. I just purchased a new stabilizer and installed it, no problems after that. Try to remove the stabilizer and drive it around a bit.

La Bestia 05-15-2014 09:10 AM

Hello guys! I took my car to the dealership today and they were able to duplicate the failure mode. They will replace my power steering pump. Thanks everyone for your valuable input!

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