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Old 06-12-2011, 08:02 PM
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Any ideas on this before I start?

My 1989 YJ is starting to have a tremendous amount of the play in the steering. It has been getting to this point slowly, but all of a sudden it got real bad, to the point it is not safe to drive at speeds over 30. Any one have any ideas on this before I start to look it over. I'm not really a mechanic, but I can find my way around my Jeep pretty good. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

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Old 06-12-2011, 09:52 PM   #2
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Start with the steering shaft in the engine compartment. Have someone move the steering wheel back and forth while you watch for slippage in the shaft's rotation. There should be zero slippage.
If that is good then you may need to check your Tie Rod ends.

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Old 06-12-2011, 09:59 PM   #3
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I have the same problem with mine, but I think my problem is my steering box. When I turn the wheel it's like there's a chip or something on the steering gear because the wheel gets easier and harder to turn! Worst case scenario you can take it to a shop for an estimate to help figure out what it is. But yes, sloppy steering is usually tie rods but not always.
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Old 06-12-2011, 10:22 PM   #4
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my buddy had the same problem on a cj and the steering box only had one bolt not broken and it was loose as hell. his bushings were also bad. we fixed all that and it drives great now.
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Old 06-12-2011, 11:25 PM   #5
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i would be willing to bet jakec is right
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Old 06-13-2011, 12:05 PM   #6
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I vote for checking the steering box bolts as well, mine tend to loosen up after a bit...but I have aftermarket bolts holding it and the bracket in place

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