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94 Cherokee Steering loose

Steering is loose, don't really know where to start. Possibly steering box? Thanx for any help.

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  • Shaun Templet Jun 29, 2009

    There was no wiggle. The play is between the steering wheel and the power steering pump. I was told the steering box may be out of adjustment. How do I tighten this?

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It's likely the tie rod ends... jack up the vehicle... both front tires at the same time if you can. grab the tire in the 9 and 3 o'clock positions and try to wiggle the wheel side to side.... if it wiggles... tie rod. now grab the wheel in the 12 and 6 o'clock position... see if it moves up and down... that would be your ball joint. replace as necessary

Posted on Mar 09, 2009

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    Roberta Smith Mar 09, 2009

    consider bumping this up to a fixya... thanks

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