My son just installed a 4" suspension lift in his jeep. When they put it back together the steering wheel is cocked about 1/4 turn to the left when the wheels are straight. He says when driving it that the wheel will not stay center. You turn the wheel and he feels a small clunk when it hits center but then wants to rest to one side or the other. He thinks they may have not got the pitman arm lined up. Something about 4 notches in the arm so there are 4 possible places it could have gone together. Does he need a drop pitman are for the 4" lift of should he try recentering the steering wheel to the wheels? Also is this the cause of the clunk? THanks!
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Re: 2000 Jeep cherokee steering wheel alignment
To remouve the steering weel and drive the vehicle slowly look on fordwar in line and replace the colum ,, the noise must came from the adaption that you made . raise the vehicle and see were is any part for the suspention that toutching the chassis and ajust it......
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wobble of the steering is a wheel alignment problem regardless of having an alignment done
if your vehicle has a "live"front axle ( not independent suspension) the alignment is fixed to toe in toe out settings by the manufacturer
however spring sag and pivot pin(king pin bearings)wear alters that setting
There are devices available on the market that can be fitted by accredited suspension service shops that allow the alteration of the castor and camber settings ( you have a castor wobble) so talk with these shops and get ideas of what you can do
if it has independent suspension these settings can be easily set and should be set to around 1 to 1 1/2 degrees positive with toe in set to around 1/8 ti 1/4 "
a point that most alignment shops don't mention is that the rear end has to be aligned first so that the steering wheels are in the same "track" otherwise the front alignment is a waste if time as the vehicle will tend to run sideways down the road
it is an extra cost but well wort the expense when chasing a problem
next point --if the cv or "U" joints are failing then they will tend to have hard stops when steering and this will set of steering problems
lastly , big wide tyres are hard to align because of the amount of rubber on the road and to get the comprise between correct alignment and reduced tyre wear is hard to achieve
Being that I have the same jeep and lifted as well. Its your pitmit arm. Its off a little. Need to be pointed towards the brake booster. Make sure your wheels and steering wheel are both straight when you attach it. Done.
Hello, it could any be number of things in the front suspension that could cause this. From control arm bushings & ball joints to bearings. I would have your Jeep put on a lift and given a good inspection before you do any more driving. I hope this helps.
Hitting a bump and then having oscillations of the steering whell is a sure sign of worn bushings, tie rod ends or an internally worn power steering box. The only way to find out is to jak the front of the car up and then rest the car on jack stands from the FRAME of the far. Then grasp each tire / wheel at 3 and 9 o'clock pushing and pulling while checking for any signs of movement or looseness. Your checking the ball joints, control arms, wheel or spindle bearings and tie rods for wear. Also grasp the tire at 6 and 12 o'clock positions and check for movement in sterring components. The people that did the alignment should have mentioned that you had steering or suspension component wear. They also should have stated that they can not do an alignment without repairing / replacing the worn components. Any wear in steering or suspension parts will cause the symptom that you described. If you just had the alignment.... take the car back to the shop and have them re-check the suspension parts for wear. Most alignments come with a 30 day warranty.
the bigger tire you put on up above 235/75/15 will change the handling of your jeep and will wear out the front steering an suspension parts.I've seen what 31/10-50/15 have done to several jeeps.It just takes the life out of a jeep,even by putting the correct tires back on afterwards when they have traded it in where I work,The handling is not there any more.
At this point, you need to look underneath and check for play while someone works the wheel back and forth. Then, jack up each wheel and put a bar under it and try to lift the tire while someone watches the ball joints for play.All front end components should have very little or no play. Any that do need to be replaced. (that goes for bushings as well)
have the sway bar looked at in the back. if it is loose or broken it will sway. it is the bar connecting the two rear wheels. there are upgrade kits that offer a heavier bar. Also check rear tire pressure. the tires will roll out if too low a pressure is aboard.
It is difficult to just assess wut is causing the suspension knock. U will have to go under the vehicle or let someone who is experience about this do it. Go under the vehicle and check the entire suspension system, steering ends, rack ends, ball joionts, rubber bushings etc. Well u said u have changed ur shocks but no difference. As for the squeaks, this might be coiming from the universal joint from the steering column. Like I said they really have to be inspected.