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Old 07-18-2007, 08:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Steering problem

Ok, heres the problem...My jeep is all over the place. WHen I'm driving down the road, the jeep floats all over the place and is very hard to control. You are constantly counterseteering. Heres what I've done and the specs on the jeep. Its an 01 cherokee with a 4.5 re that is about three years old. I've put new bushings in both control arms and rebuilt the johnny joints in the arms and the trackbar. I've already checked to make sure the trackbar is as tight as it can be, checked all the ball joints, etc. Has new tires(needed them anyway) and had an alignment done and had the shop check all the joints too. I pulled all the suspension off this weekend and the only thing I can find remotely wrong is the bushings on the axle for the upper CA's have some play and the swaybar mounts could use replacing but aren't trashed. SO....any ideas of what the hell the problem is?
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Old 07-18-2007, 08:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Adjust your steering gear.
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Old 07-18-2007, 11:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Did the alignment shop say that your caster was in spec??Some alignment places don't even check,thats why I asked....
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Old 07-19-2007, 01:31 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Not enough positive caster will cause wandering. It should be set at 5-7 degrees. I would run 5.
A worn joint between the draglink and tie rod will cause play and a dead spot in center.
A good steering stabilizer will reduce the amount of steering correction imput needed.
Worn tie rod ends will cause sloppy steering issues.
Replace worn TRE's, get an OME stabilizer, set the caster correctly.
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Old 07-19-2007, 04:14 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I've checked all my tye's because that was my first thought. The only thing I haven't checked is the steering box. Can I adjust the meshload on that box or should I just replace it. Thanks for the help guys.
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Old 07-19-2007, 07:28 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I got the same problem only I have a lot more lift and full width axles. For me I need redo my steering set up. On my old set up I had the same problem and mine was because of castor. Once I changed the castor mine was good.
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Old 07-24-2007, 09:55 AM   #7 (permalink)
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adjusting the worm gear on the steering box should only be done once and if you do, dont make it too tight otherwise you will have failure.

I just did the durango steering box upgrade and it has MORE f'in play in it. grrr.
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Old 07-24-2007, 11:35 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Just a stupid thought, but how are the bushings in your rear springs. I've had them bad enough to cause wonder but it feels different than front end problems.

Ditto the box if everything else checks out. Could be too tight or too loose. I never learned the correct way to adjust them so I just changed them about 1/4 turn, drove it, adjusted again.
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