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Brad S
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 9:51 am    Post subject: Steering Joints Reply with quote

So I decided to start a new thread so I wouldn't be high-jacking the other one. Anyways, I have sloppy steering and occasionally a thunk when I turn. I raised each front wheel off the ground one at a time and there is movement at 9 and 3, but couldn't tell if it was just moving the other tire a little or if it was actually movement. I had a buddy crawl under and watch joints for movement and then we swapped. We both could only notice at first that the joint between the drag link and pitman arm appeared to "hop" a little. I have noticed that the steering wheel seems to have excess movement without vehicle response. Then all of a sudden my buddy noticed that when you reached a certain point in the steering turn that the whole body of jeep seems to 'jump'. We watched it and it appears to be when the joint "hops" the vehicle body and wheel shift or 'jump'. My question is, is that joint causing this problem, or is it something else. My tie rod joints appear to be in good shape. We couldn't see really any movement in them at all.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


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Location: Kamloops B.C Canada

PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

your pitman arm could be ovalized or the joint could be worn out .

you also get a jump because the vehicle is stationary so the tire slips .

did you try tightening it up ? wont fix the problem in the long run but it might tell yo if its ovalized .
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