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Well I have come to the milage where my Jeep likes to wander all over the road,it's an 02 TJ ...


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Old 11-23-2010, 12:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Well I have come to the milage where my Jeep likes to wander all over the road,it's an 02 TJ with a 4" lift of unknown origin( I bought it this way) with 33's,basically it has a little play in the steering wheel and when turning in a parking lot or something I sometimes hear a clunk from the front end somewhere(not real loud/bad,just like something is worn or loose) I'm sitting around 85,000 miles. What's the first thing/s I should check,are there any likley culprits for the wandering situation?The steering seems to be loose when going straight but after you turn the wheel a little kinda takes out the slack and turns fine.

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trac bar is probably either loose or bushing and bolt worn
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Thats what i was thinking too,I just gotta find a few spare minutes to investigate,lol.


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it helps to get some one to turn the steering wheel back & forth while you look & feel for whats loose
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Let me see if I can do this without the visual aids. The steering of your Jeep involves many moving parts. No one part is worn out, but if there is just a little play in this part/joint/knuckle, and just a little more on that part/joint/knuckle, and then just a little bit more over on that other part/joint/knuckle, it all starts to add up to allot of "play" in your steering. So, you may not have any one thing worn out, but a little bit of "play" in several parts adds up to your Jeep wandering all over the road.
Check it all out, tighten what you can and then learn to lead with a little left windage (lol).


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Left windage,lol I like it....or maybe Kentucky windage? lol


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Originally Posted by bluesmanjesse View Post
Left windage,lol I like it....or maybe Kentucky windage? lol



Yeah, you need to get that "Kentucky Windage" sorted out...

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One of the biggest issues with Jeeps and a topic that almost repeats itself in a new thread each week is "wandering or loose steering". As a forum contributor on JeepForum for close to 5 years now, I see it over and over.


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It could be a caster issue also. Try to adjust them.
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