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The steering wheel keeps "migrating" counter-clockwise and the ability to turn left is decreasing while ability to turn right is increasing....

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  • Scott Perry Apr 17, 2009

    Turns out there is a "sleeve" that connects a threaded shaft from the steering arm to the mechanism that pushes and pulls the steering linkage. The sleeve was rotating because it was not tightened at the clamps at both ends. I had to rotate the sleeve to get the steering corrected. It DID NOT alter the alignment. I really appreciate the offering of help and support the readers of this site have made. It is very important to at least try to help when you can. Thank you thundergod!!

  • Scott Perry Apr 17, 2009

    I had no intentions of marring your reputation. It would seem that you have a very strong understanding of automotive mechanics and your advice should very well be considered by anyone getting it. Although I was able to solve the problem, I will no doubt use this site and anyone willing to give the two cents needed to come up with a good diagnosis! Kudos to you my automotive friend! I have changed my rating out of respect for you!! :)



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Likely there's a sticking valve in the steering unit...try changing oil, or steering box will need to be replaced or serviced (rebuilt) I've used lucas conditioner with some success on these. (depends on how bad it is...sometimes takes a few days to work though)

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  • Richard Scordino Apr 17, 2009 diagnosis was incorrect...but not inapropriate...Inapropriate would be if I had asked you if you had checked the radio. It is sometimes difficult to determine exactly whats going on with a vehicle I can't see or drive, till several questions are asked and answered. If you check my rating, you will see that I maintain a fairly decent one because I really care about what i do and try as best I can to impart my knowledge for free to people who really need it.
    Please reconsider your rating. .The enjoyment of having and maintaining a good one is all I get from this!!!

  • Richard Scordino Apr 17, 2009

    Thanks...when I read my reviews it seems for the most part the few bad ones (7 of over 1000) are that some people get angry when I tell them something they don't want to hear...not in your case though...I was just incorrect. Even while in the business, sometimes you begin with an incorrect idea, but after testing etc,something tells you something different. Here, I can't do that...makes it tough sometimes!!! Glad you figured out waht was wrong. However...Sure there was no alignment (toe in) change? Just keep an eye on tires for a while to be sure!!!


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What was the solution? My 2001 cherokee is doing the same thing botom of the steering wheel use to be at 5 oclock and now it is at 1 oclock when driving straight by next week it should be around 10 oclock. Im dum founded with this never had this happen before on any other vehicle. The stering box is gear driven right?

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