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Old 12-11-2019, 12:19 AM
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Sector shaft axial play?

So, I've been chasing a bad frontend wobble for a few months now... Did Swamp Lake trail and munched my tie rod and some other stuff pretty good. So, I started digging into wtf might have failed and I got a few things tightened up and snugged up and re-aligned and stuff. My ball joints developed some play in them, so I re-set the preload on them. Everything is torqued to spec. Trackbar bracket is already on the list to get a doubler welded on as it has some slight elongation of the thru hole on the bracket, but it isn't moving enough to really worry me.

But one of the things I found is that I have a bunch of axial slop in the sector shaft on the steering box, this leads me to think a bearing in there got munched but I have no idea if these things are supposed to have play like that or not. Thoughts? Not really wanting to replace a steering box but if it needs it, well, it needs it. The jeep has almost 150k on it now, so I'm not going to be suprised...


2012 JKU, 2.5", 35's, FT1900, winch, 4.56, truetrac, 4pts, shoulder bar, rock hard sliders, Bed-lined tub, tons of dents, RE control arms/trackbar, more dents, discos, currie steering, terraflex ball joints, etc etc etc...
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