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Old 10-25-2016, 12:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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98 TJ - Steering wheel play

So after replacing the steering box (Red Head Steering) and all the linkage (Currie Currectlync), I still have some play in the steering wheel that seems to be getting worse. Theres roughly 2 inches of play in the steering wheel before the tires actually start to move, and there are audible "thunks" between each end of the play. The upper sector shaft seems to be okay, there isnt any play between the wheel itself and the shaft under the dashboard. I haven't really checked the lower yet, but when I replaced the steering gearbox it seemed to be okay. I tried tightening the coupler between the upper and lower shafts but its rock solid. Anyone got any ideas?
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Old 10-26-2016, 08:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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check your u joint caps on your steering column
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Old 10-26-2016, 09:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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check the pitman arm nut, mine will back off every once in a while.
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check your u joint caps on your steering column
I already checked them and they dont seem to have any play.

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check the pitman arm nut, mine will back off every once in a while.
Just tried that, pitman arm nut got a little tighter but it didn't eliminate or affect the steering play at all. I had my dad turn the wheel back and forth while I was under the Jeep watching the steering box and noticed that the steering shaft turns quite a bit before it engages the pitman arm. As a matter of fact, I can reach up and grab the steering shaft at the input on the steering box, with my hand, and turn it nearly a quarter turn before it grabs and I cant turn it any more. I'm not impressed with this steering box at all. The first 2 steering gears Red Head sent me leaked badly, this 3rd one doesn't leak but it seems to be getting looser over a period of just 6 months? I don't know how much play should be in a stock steering box, but this seems excessive to me.
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Ball joints?
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Old 10-28-2016, 06:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Take the pitman arm off and look at the splines, Also some times the nut bottoms out before the splines get pushed up on the splines tight. I have found this quit a few times, The pitman arm dances around on the sector shaft.
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Like superglock said, look at your steering shaft splines.

From what you're saying, it sounds like the steering box needs adjusted. There's a nut on the top of the box, as it's installed, with a set screw in the middle. Loosen the nut without turning the set screw, then turn the set screw clockwise 1/4 turn at a time until the steering slop is gone. Once you have it set, tighten down the nut while making sure the set screw doesn't turn from where you set it.
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Old 10-29-2016, 01:08 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Like superglock said, look at your steering shaft splines.

From what you're saying, it sounds like the steering box needs adjusted. There's a nut on the top of the box, as it's installed, with a set screw in the middle. Loosen the nut without turning the set screw, then turn the set screw clockwise 1/4 turn at a time until the steering slop is gone. Once you have it set, tighten down the nut while making sure the set screw doesn't turn from where you set it.
Thanks, this ended up fixing the problem. I called RedHead and they advised against adjusting it and tried to blame the steering slop on my suspension/alignment lol. Easy fix, thanks again.
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