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  • wildonez2000
    wildonez2000 - 1993 Jeep Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 7/21/2013
    Jerks when turning tight corner
    When turning a tight corner it jerks and makes a banging noise.
     
    • Jimm
      7/21/2013 Jimm
      Several possibilities; faulty / worn wheel bearing, faulty / worn suspension bushing, faulty / worn strut or shock bushing. Try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps to inspect the front suspension and steering for worn components.

      Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.partstrain.com, www.partsgeek.com, www.carpartswarehouse.com, or www.rockauto.com for the replacement parts. For example, they (RockAuto) list the front wheel bearing (front inner) from around $4.70 each for your vehicle. Remeber to always replace the wheel bearings in sets (both sides left and right wheels, both inner and outer) due to mileage, age, wear considerations.
  • allenwatkinsjr
    allenwatkinsjr - 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 7/19/2013
    Are the upper ball joints supposed to move side to side or just up and down
    the lower moves in a circular pattern but the uppers do not
     
    • wbrockstar
      7/19/2013 wbrockstar
      The upper ball joint stud does not articulate,but spins in the hole it resides in.It is normal for this type of ball joint to move up and down slightly
  • jrgouldenterprises
    jrgouldenterprises - 1999 Jeep Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 7/2/2013
    How much is the labor to install leaf springs
     
    • Jimm
      7/2/2013 Jimm
      Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.partsgeek.com, www.carpartswarehouse.com, or www.rockauto.com for the replacement parts. For example, they (Rock Auto) list the rear leaf springs from around $88.00 each (just for the spring - does not include the shackle).

      Check the 'Estimate Cost' and 'Find-A-Shop' features on the AutoMD website for the labor cost estimate.
  • vicuk90
    vicuk90 - 1999 Jeep - Steering & Suspension - 6/24/2013
    How hard is it to change the leaf spring?
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      6/24/2013 HouseCallAuto
      With no complications like frozen bolts and assuming you are able to safely support the vehicle on proper jackstands while working, its not a tough job, but throw in just one frozen bolt and the job can become your worst n......
  • stephent150
    stephent150 - 1994 Jeep Wrangler (YJ) - Steering & Suspension - 6/13/2013
    I have replaced the tires with oversize 31x10 on the original rims. Now the tires hit the leaf springs when turning and
    will also hit the wheel fenders if i go over a bump. What are my options for modifications if I want to keep using these tires. Thank you
     
    • Jimm
      6/13/2013 Jimm
      Different (wider and different offset) wheels to place the tires and track further away from the springs and suspension.
  • wilfredoperezsr
    wilfredoperezsr - 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 6/1/2013
    My tire sounds like its rubbing when i take left and right bends on road or highway especially right
    we checked brakes, calipers, suspension and visual on tires for deformities
     
    • Jimm
      6/1/2013 Jimm
      Need more information - are these stock (original equipment) size tires / wheels and not oversized aftermarket replacements? Are all the tires the same size and about the same tread depth / tread condition?

      Did you try having someone sit inside and turn the wheel side-to-side while you look underneath and around to try and pinpoint where the sound is coming from?

      First thing I would do is check and make sure the steering fluid lines where they go into the steering gearbox are not touching. If they are touching, bend them slightly so they don't touch. IIf it still makes the noise it is probably in the gear itself.
  • idafathipour
    idafathipour - 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 5/22/2013
    My Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.7L, constantly shakes on the FWY approx around 60-80mph. What can I do to fix this??
    As I accelerate and reach 60-65mph, my steering wheel becomes almost uncontrollable because of the dramatic shaking. It starts to become even worse once I push down on the brakes. Lastly, even the widest curve turns I take going 65mph will make me feel as if the ...
     
    • frankiedonnn
      5/22/2013 frankiedonnn
      Check the steering-rod ends for excessive wear .And other parts of the steering like the upper and lower ball joints
      frankiedonnn
      5/22/2013 frankiedonnn
      Also if it has a rack and pinion steering that needs to be checked out for wear.
  • mpclayi
    mpclayi - 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 5/17/2013
    Why does the ESP/TCD light and Service Electrical Brake System keep coming on.
    The ESP/TCD light and Service Electrical Brake System keep coming on. The indicator lights only come on while the vehicle is driving. Then when I turn the vehicle off then back on it makes a rubbing type sound while turning the vehicle, after I straighten the wheel ...
     
    • Jimm
      5/17/2013 Jimm
      Service Electrical Brake System:
      This message will be displayed if a condition exists that may require servicing the electronic brake system. When this message is displayed and the “Traction Control Indicator Light” is on, there is a malfunction of the Traction Control System.
      If the “SERVICE ELEC BRAKE SYSTEM” message continues to be displayed after several ignition cycles and the vehicle has been driven several miles at speeds greater than 30 mph (48 km/h), see your local dealer and inquire about the TSB (technical service bulletin) # WK2101406A.
  • manfurtado
    manfurtado - 1988 Jeep Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 5/6/2013
    How can I tighten a loose steering wheel?
    I am in the process of learning how to do repairs myself and am looking for the cause of play in the steering wheel. Honestly I don't even know where to start looking for problems. The vehicle is drivable but I don't feel safe if I had to make a quick turn to avoid ...
     
    • Jason
      5/6/2013 Jason
      duplicate posting. See other post
      Jason
      5/6/2013 Rick Chaides
      I have the same problem. Where is the other post?
  • manfurtado
    manfurtado - 1988 Jeep Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 5/6/2013
    How can I tighten a loose steering wheel?
    I am in the process of learning how to do repairs myself and am looking for the cause of play in the steering wheel. Honestly I don't even know where to start looking for problems. The vehicle is drivable but I don't feel safe if I had to make a quick turn to avoid ...
     
    • Jason
      5/6/2013 Jason
      Need to inspect the steering and suspension for loose or worn components first.
  • hmutlak
    hmutlak - 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 4/26/2013
    What causes vehicle to rock back and forth while driving normal.
     
    • Jimm
      4/26/2013 Jimm
      Need more information - rock back and forth, meaning front-to-back, or side-to-side? If front to back, then check for the following conditions; out-of-alignment, worn / faulty shock absorbers, worn / faulty struts, worn front coil springs, worn rear leaf springs, worn / faulty spring mounts (front or rear), wheel out-of-round.
      If the rocking is more of side-to-side motion, then check the following conditions - including those mentioned above; worn / broken / faulty sway bar bushings or sway bar end links, worn suspension bushings (front or rear).
      Try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps to check the front and rear suspension for wear and excess play.
      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.autopartswarehouse.com or www.rockauto.com for the replacement parts.
  • navrs
    navrs - 2001 Jeep - Steering & Suspension - 4/25/2013
    Where can I find where to get a 3 inch lift in van wert, ohio
     
    • Jimm
      4/25/2013 Jimm
      Try these sources; www.extremeterrain.com, www.summitracing.com, www.jeep4x4center.com, www.rockymountainsusp.com, www.4x4groupbuy.com - or the Yellow Pages for a source in your area.
  • schansen1
    schansen1 - 2004 Jeep Liberty - Steering & Suspension - 3/25/2013
    Do I have a transfer case problem?
    I had Jeep recall to get rear arms replaced. Shop: transfer case fluids looked bad;$240 fix. Me: just do recall. Now: growling noise at slow speeds, turning. Did they do something to transfer case?
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/25/2013 HouseCallAuto
      No idea, take a fluid sample out of it. The fluid should be ATF+4 (transmission oil) You had none of these sounds before the recall was done?
  • grace
    grace - 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 3/23/2013
    What would be wrong to make my right front tire on the outside bald?
    I don't think it's the alignment because the wheel will stay straight.
     
    • Jimm
      3/23/2013 Jimm
      Sevaeral possibilities; wheel out-of-alignment, faulty / worn wheel bearing, faulty / worn suspension component, faulty / worn steering component - such as tie rod end. You cannot rule out the alignment as a potential cause until the wheel alignment is checked and verified.
  • tcdc71
    tcdc71 - 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 3/6/2013
    How much to replace both sides of front with ball joints? upper and lower