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  • mark e sutphen
    mark e sutphen - 1998 Jeep Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 11/4/2014
    How to adjust steering wheel for proper center alignment? 1998 Cherokee sport.
    Need to adjust steering wheel, for proper center of wheel.
     
    • RhodeApple
      11/4/2014 RhodeApple
      To adjust the steering wheel alignment you need to loosen the clamps on the adjustment sleeve on the drag link (rod that connects the pitman arm to the right steering knuckle) and turn the adjustment sleeve to adjust the wheel either right or left.
  • deborah mccue
    deborah mccue - 1997 Jeep Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 10/8/2014
    Why wont jeep start after turning key. It wont fire
    have tried multiple things. battery seems ok, lights turn on, car wont turn over after turning key.
     
    • cherokeesportboy2000
      Is there a clicking noise coming from underneath the dash. If so remove the under panel from under the steering wheel. After you remove it there should be on the left side under the fuel gage area there should be a white connector which connects to a black box. The clicking should be coming from that. Disconnect the connector. This will not phase anything. In fact some of the wires could be cut. After you disconnect this the clicking should stop. Put the key back in it and try cranking it. This happened to mine after I replaced the radio and speakers.
  • corrine
    corrine - 2008 Jeep Patriot - Steering & Suspension - 10/5/2014
    Should there be additional noises after struts have been replaced and will a wheel alignment fix the problem?
    There is a consistent scraping, thumping and scratching sound when going over bumps and turns. This is before and after the struts and suspension have been replaced. Unsure if this is an additional problem or related. The noises are occurring at the back end of the ...
     
    • Jimm
      10/5/2014 Jimm
      The rear shocks or struts should have the upper or lower mounts replaced at the same time. Check to make sure these parts are replaced to minimize the noises and maximize the rear suspension service life.
  • corrine
    corrine - 2008 Jeep Patriot - Steering & Suspension - 10/5/2014
    Should there be addition noises when struts are replaced and will a wheel alignment fix the problem?
    New struts have been replaced due to scraping and thumping noises. These noises have continued when going over bumps and making turns. It is occurring at the back end of the vehicle.
     
    • Jimm
      10/5/2014 Jimm
      The rear shocks or struts should have the upper or lower mounts replaced at the same time. Check to make sure these parts are replaced to minimize the noises and maximize the rear suspension service life.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 9/25/2014
    My jeep makes clunking noise all the time now the steering wheel wobbled like the wheels were falling off
    one day while reversing and going back in drive my car took a second then jerked forward and made a bang from the front end, ever since I've been hearing a clunking noise like when I take a sharp turn. almost a month later the steeling wheel started shaking like the ...
     
    • AutoMD Member
      9/25/2014 AutoMD Member
      SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE DEATH WOBBLE HAD THE SAME ISSUE WITH MINE CHANGED THE SHOCKS AND SWAY BAR BUSHINGS ALONG WITH SWAYBAR LINKAGE BUSHINGS PROBLEM SOLVED
  • Aaron
    Aaron - 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 9/6/2014
    Bad shake when decelerating between 41 and 48 mph. Just had repairs on front and see below. Full-time four-wheel-drive
    Was driving down the road turned left and got horrible banging and shaking from the front and replaced upper and lower tie rod ends on both the right and the left hand side replaced connecting bars as well. Replaced CV joint and hop on the right. Had the vehicle ...
     
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  • DollyD3
    DollyD3 - 2003 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - Steering & Suspension - 9/2/2014
    Having a severe vibration in front end only at certain speed and only after going over rough patch or bump in road ??
    What's causing this vibration in front end after hitting a bump in the road ? It stops after reducing speed.
     
    • Performance R & D LLC
      Well here is the list of parts to check. push down on fender right then left get it rocking then stop the shock should stable the car quickly if not shocks need replaced. engine off key on turn the steering wheel just a little back and forth have a friend look under the front at outer tie rod ends right side and left, then the inner tie rod ends, look at the pitman arm off the gear box, I don't think there is a idle arm but if so look for play from it. next jack up the right front try to move the tire in at the top out at the bottom at the same time this is for upper and lower ball joints. next spin tire look for out of round or uneven wear. next check the 2 upper and 2 lower control arms.
      next need to align (most shops around me $50.00) toe, camber, caster. and they should check everything I just listed. hope this helps
  • Charley
    Charley - 2002 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - Steering & Suspension - 8/11/2014
    Why does my car shake like an earthquake at 50 mph?
    Tried to use the freeway for the first time and had to pull to the side of the road.
     
    • cr
      8/11/2014 cr
      If you feel it in the steering wheel, it is probably the wheels out of balance.
  • Charley
    Charley - 2002 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - Steering & Suspension - 8/3/2014
    Why does my car shake like an earthquake at 50 mph?
    Tried to use the freeway for the first time and had to pull to the side of the road.
     
    • CVO
      8/3/2014 CVO
      Unbalanced wheels could be the reason of the car shake at 50 miles. Re-balance the wheels.
  • Charley
    Charley - 2002 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - Steering & Suspension - 8/3/2014
    Why does my car shake like an earthquake at 50 mph?
    Tried to use the freeway for the first time and had to pull to the side of the road.
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 6/28/2014
    Where is the turn signal relay located?
    The turn signal relay operates independently of the emergency flashers. The emergency flashers will operate but the turn signals will not.
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 6/24/2014
    Why can I turn right but not left?
    It won't turn left
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1998 Jeep Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 6/17/2014
    Why does the front end shake at 55 mi. per hr.
    front wheels shimmie at 55
     
    • GT500Knights
      5/6/2014 GT500Knights
      Your most likely cause of this is one or more tires being out of balance. Take the vehicle to a tire center and they should be able to balance the tires.
      GT500Knights
      6/2/2014 AutoMD Member
      my 03 wrangler at around 55 mph gets what the internet calls death wobble,, my hole front end including steering wheel violently jumps and shakes like hell, untill i slow down under 55mph.. whats up with that???
    • AutoMD Member
      6/17/2014 AutoMD Member
      Check the components of the suspension. You may need a longer control arm or for it to be adjusted. Go to wrangler forum for more advice.
      AutoMD Member
      10/9/2014 Jerry
      If your Jeep is equip with stabilizer shock,have it replaced it maybe worn out.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 6/17/2014
    Wy does my jeep wheel hop and squalls when turning sharply, it is full time 4 wheel drive
    mostly turning in or out of parking spots
     
  • Bill
    Bill - 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 5/21/2014
    Headlights go out when tilting the steering wheel.
    When the headlights are on, tilting the steering wheel the dim lights go out, but the bright lights still work.
     
    • I'mnottotallyRetartedhoney
      Basic short in the column probably. A pinching or grounding will cause those symptons. . Open it up around where it tilts and look for any pinched, burn't or bare wires.