Question about 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee
The steering wheel needs to be rotated 90 degrees for the car to turn slightly. How do I fix that?
Bad stearing box or bad pitman arm or bad center link
Posted on May 30, 2014
Hi,it sounds like the steering box. (if it has power steering check oil)
you can ajust the steering box,just look for a nut with a screw in the midle that can fit a screwdriver or a alankey fitting,loosen the nut with a ring spanner then turn the screw fully home then turn it back a quarter of a turn and lock the nut back up,that will take up eney play in the box,let me know if this was eney help.all the best.
Posted on May 16, 2014
This sounds like a steering rack/track rod problem , will need to go to a repairer as this can only be measured by specific equipment, have a look at inside and outside edges of front tyres , are they worn smooth? does it pull to one side when driving ? if so definately needs looking at very soon as could be dangerous
Posted on May 15, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
there are many sensors and and each airbag have sensors so you will have to get it scanned to know where to start. just a note air bag parts can be very expensive so check out your local salvage yard. they can save you hundreds. good luck
Posted on Sep 28, 2008
It would be kind of hard to explain, but you may want to check your wheel bearings. Sounds like your wheel is binding. If you jack the front up, grab your tire, and shake. Sort of like you are trying to turn the wheel your self with out the steering wheel. Then do the same up and down. If you have a lot of play, then your wheel bearing is shot. And with a 4WD, you have to replace it because its sealed, where as on a 2WD, you can tighten them. For the pitman arm, and the gear box, you may have to get a haynes manual to find. But the gear box will be the box that your steering shaft goes into and connects to the tierods. Not too hard to find.
Posted on Feb 14, 2009
You really need to get your Jeep off of the ground, preferably on fixed supports and have a friend help you with the troubleshooting since you need to be underneath to observe and they need to man the steering wheel.
The problem you describe is severe and dangerous so finding the worn parts shouldn't be difficult; I have seen and heard 'clunks' while the steering was turned even slowly back and forth.
Whatever you replace however, you simply cannot do the final wheel alignment on your own. You are dealing with increments of degrees of toe- in or out, caster, camber too, and these must be correct or uneven tire wear and lousy steering tracking (unsafe at any speed) will be the result.
I believe a good investment for all of our vehicles (family-wide) is the purchase of a Haynes or Chilton service manual. Sometimes you can save a few bucks on eBay but none of them are over $30 abd worth every penny.
We have your same year of GC and the Haynes manual number for it is:
Good luck and don't forget to actually finish tightening (or torquing) those nuts and bolts!
Posted on Mar 31, 2009
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