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Quick Steering Question. . . help!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BowtieRed, Oct 25, 2003.

  1. BowtieRed

    BowtieRed 1/2 ton status Author

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    Ok, my dad's TJ, (sorry) has really stiff steering lately. I jacked the front end up, and turned the wheel. just as hard. power steering makes it easier, resevoir is full. it's not the power steering. i cannot turn the steering by the tire, with the front end off the ground. what could it be? i'd like to fix it soon if it's simple, so if you hae any ideas, they're much appreciated. thanks.
     
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    Disconnect the drag link with the front end jacked up and see if the tires will turn easier. If so the problem is in the box...if not you just eliminated the box.

    rene
     
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    i'll do that tomorrow then
    think it could be in the column? i hear a noise in the column like a bad bearing makes almost, or could it be a worn ball joint or a knuckle?
     
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    I know its stupid and obvious but is everything greased?
     
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    Could be in the column. To further isolate stuff you could disconnect the rag joint and try the wheels by themselves with the box attached and then the column by itself. The column by itself should move very easily...

    Noises in the column would make me think that would be the problem area...

    Rene
     
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    probably, this problem came on over the course of a week, and didn't used to be present at all. i'll check the box, ball joints, and knuckles tomorrow.

    thanks ya'll
     
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    also make sure there isnt TOO much fluid in the p/s resevoir..
     
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    the problem is in the box.
    Here's what I've done:
    Loosened the adjusting bolt on the steering box, and now i can turn the wheels until the steering box catches, so therefore the problem is not in the lower end of the steering (drag ling to knuckles). I can also easily turn the steering wheel until it catches in the box. therefore the problem is in the box. I want to check if it is low on gear oil. I took the four bolts on the cover off, and the locknut on the adjusting bolt- but can't get the cover off. how do i get that cover off?
     
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    Are you talking about pulling out the sector shaft? Never noticed a Heeps steering box before... but if its a saginaw box... pull the 4 bolts, the pitman arm, and be sure the wheels are pointed straight. The tiny-est bit off, and it will hang up in there. /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif

    Hope that helps...

    -Dan
     
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    ok, sounds good.
     

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