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Sirs....I have a 1997 Jeep Wrangler that has a pulsing feeling in the steering wheel at low speeds when turning.Like it can't decide what to do. Perhaps you can explain???....Thank You

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  • bobjoan Jun 24, 2009

    Perhaps I should have stated that I replaced the Power Steering Pump, to no avail!

  • bobjoan Jun 25, 2009

    Like all Wranglers it has Recirculating Ball, I don't know about new ones!? The pump was put on by a pro. in the shop. I am begining to think I have dry ball joints??....What do think???

  • bobjoan Jun 25, 2009

    What I should have said was, it hesitates, you can see the steering wheel jump [****] when in a turn. Like it is sticking then releases, almost wobble.........I don't know,? maybe I'll just it go and something will break..........Thanks for your effort.

  • bobjoan Jun 25, 2009

    Perhaps???....I'll try a few things and see what happens. I wish I could find a Mechanic with a definitive judgement.

  • bobjoan Jun 25, 2009

    Perhaps???....I'll try a few things and see what happens. I wish I could find a Mechanic with a definitive judgement.



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Your Power Steering Pump, Booster, or Rack is beginning to fail.
There is an internal leak causing the rack not to maintain pressure... or the pump is not producing the flow required during your turn.

To diagnose properly - a set of pressure gauges will need to be applied to see where the pressure drop is coming from.

Your best option is to take to a mechanic instead of throwing money at it blindly.

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    blueextc3221 Jun 24, 2009

    ok, well, then there are 2 more components to test/check.
    I would suggest the booster before the steering gear/rack&pinion .

    There were 2 steering systems available... depending on engine size and drivetrain.

    Rack & Pinion... or Recirculating-Ball Steering Gear.... do you know which you have? Or the engince size?

    Also - was the system properly bled after the pump change? (already assumed you have checked the fluid level)

    Air compresses - fluid does not. The spongy feeling could be the aeration of the fluid.

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    blueextc3221 Jun 25, 2009

    Well - "you stated the steering cant decide what to do" and it has a "pulsing feeling"

    I took this to mean it is surging. The Steering gets spongy, then rigid - recurringly.

    If you are experiencing a loping - up and down of the vehicle during your turn - check for worn C.V. joints or worn ball joints (most likely). The ball joint holds the steering knuckle firmly in place as your wheel bounces up and down and turns from side to side. Like a tie rod, the ball joint is often greasable but it does wear out over time due to the stresses placed on the front suspension system. A loose, worn ball joint can cause significant handling problems since it basically results in you having a loose wheel. Clunking noises, wandering, and overall poor handling are signs of a bad ball joint as well as a bad tie rod. Pay attention to your tires, too: A worn suspension component, like a tie rod and/or ball joint, often results in abnormal wear patterns on your tires.

    Another cause can be the Tie Rod. The tie rod can be permanently lubricated or it may have a grease zerk for periodic lubrication. Regardless of which kind you have, the tie rod will fail eventually, resulting in loose, sloppy steering.

    Jack it up and see if the wheels have any play. Usaully up/down and wiggling at the bottom of the wheel is a bad ball joint, left to right only is a tie rod.


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    blueextc3221 Jun 25, 2009

    Most garages will inspect for free in order to get your business.

    Thanks for using FixYa!!



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