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  • frank1982a
    frank1982a - 1999 Jeep Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 8/25/2012
    How much torque do I put in the swaybar link after replacing on 1999 Jeep Cherokee classic for 4.0
    Just replace
    • Jimm
      8/25/2012 Jimm
      Just tighten the link nut enough to slightly compress the new sway bar link bushings - to give the look of a slight 'bulge' to the bushings. Do not over compress or over tighten too far.
  • bob
    bob - 2004 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - Steering & Suspension - 8/25/2012
    Install steering damper how
    Car shimmies
    • Jimm
      8/25/2012 Jimm
      The steering damper is a fairly easy installation. To remove, simply remove the two (2) mounting bolts, remove the damper. Replace the unit using the new hardware and bushings supplied.
      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; or for the replacement parts. For example, they (Rock Auto) list the steering damper for around $22.00 for your vehicle.
  • Terri
    Terri - 1995 Jeep Wrangler (YJ) - Steering & Suspension - 8/25/2012
    When I purchased 2 new tires for the Jeep Wrangler, the tire shop gave me a quote fore replacement of the tie rod ends
    Mileage is 120k. It has a lift kit and mud tires. It's a bumpy ride, but the steering hasn't changed in the four years that we've owned it. Please tell me the purpose of the tie rod ends. How does one know when they need to be replaced? Is driving dangerous if the ...
    • Jimm
      8/25/2012 Jimm
      Try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps to inspect the front end components for excess wear / play / looseness. The steps also show how to test the tie rod ends for wear and looseness - usually the tie rod ends are considered as 'worn out' with as much as 1/4" of vertical play (looseness) in the joint. The tie rod end purpose is to link the steering shaft and steering center link to the individual front wheel spindles.
      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; or for the replacement parts. For example, they (Rock Auto) list the tie rod ends (outer) for around $8.70 each for your vehicle.
  • claracj5
    claracj5 - 1980 Jeep CJ5 - Steering & Suspension - 8/13/2012
    How to adjust the steering sector box
    there is slack in the steering wheel range continously.
    0 answer
  • Rosco
    Rosco - 2005 Jeep Liberty - Steering & Suspension - 8/12/2012
    I bent the tie rod on my ring & pinion. Can I replace the tie rod or do I have to replace the whole ring & pinion?
    I think I have about 67,000 miles. It also has a 2.5" suspension lift and wheel spacers.
    • Jimm
      8/12/2012 Jimm
      Are you referring to the front axle? If yes, then the tie rods are replaceable as separate items. Try the 'How-To-Guide' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific details to replace the tie rod end on the steering system.
      8/14/2012 Rosco
      Thanks a bunch, Jimm. I did manage to change it out and it wasn't all that difficult. Thanks again.
  • rick
    rick - 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 8/10/2012
    When I'm driving it sounds like something is rattling in my wheel like its loose?
    Sounds like something's loose rattling in my wheel?
    • Jimm
      8/10/2012 Jimm
      Several possibilities; faulty / worn wheel bearing, faulty / worn suspension bushing, faulty / worn shock or strut bushing. Try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps to inspect and diagnose suspension noises and wear.
  • Matt
    Matt - 1999 Jeep Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 8/6/2012
    My jeep shakes uncontrollably
    When I am going interstate speeds (roughy 60+ mph) and hit a little bump my jeep shakes uncontrollably but keeps going straight and then goes away when I slow back down.
    • HouseCallAuto
      8/6/2012 HouseCallAuto
      Try rotating the tires before you start replacing anything and see if anything changes. It is also likely that the steering damper needs to be replaced. It looks like a shock absorber turned sideways and attached to the steering.
  • Sue
    Sue - 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 8/4/2012
  • Dooger
    Dooger - 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 8/3/2012
    I can't find a power steering pump mounting bracket anywhere..are they universal design?
    can i use a differant mount from another specific mopar engine or is this something i will have to have fabricated?
    • Jimm
      8/3/2012 Jimm
      They are not universal. Try the many on-line used auto parts sources, such as;
  • Moon
    Moon - 2000 Jeep Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 8/1/2012
    Is there a difference in Right hand drive and left hand drive vehicle, power stering hose (high pressure)?
    I have a right hand drive mail Jeep and need a high presure hose for the power steering.
    0 answer
  • mari
    mari - 1999 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - Steering & Suspension - 7/25/2012
    Got a deadly death wobble!
    Around 50 mph I get a deadly death wobble on my wrangler. I had new u joints, shocks, stabilizer shock and had all the tires balanced and rotated. Nothing has helped...
    • Mike
      7/23/2012 Mike
      Check the track bar for looseness. Does it have a lift kit and larger tires?
      7/24/2012 mari
      Yes it came with a 3 inch lift kit and 33s. Shakes violently in the front part of the vehicle going 50mph. Sometimes slowing down will stop it other times I have to pull off the road!
    • HouseCallAuto
      7/23/2012 HouseCallAuto
      Elaborate more about what you feel when the wobble starts. Does the whole vehicle seem to shake or is it primarily originating from the front of vehicle? The u-joints you mentioned, which ones, the ones in the rear and front driveshaft to each differential from the transfer case or the ujoints that are positioned at the outer ends of the front drive axles? Because the front drive axles are known for u-joints becoming frozen and causing a violent shake sometimes.
      7/24/2012 mari
      The shake is in the front two tires. it starts at 50 and all I have to do is slow down and it will stop, other times I have to pull off the road. The shaking is violent I can feel the wheel leave the road... Extremely scary! I replaced the outter front u joints and then put on new sway bar bushing. Nothin helps. I had the alignment checked and surprising everything was ok.
    • HouseCallAuto
      7/24/2012 HouseCallAuto
      Check the straightness / trueness of both front wheels while they are spinning on a wheel balancer. What size tires on there?
      7/24/2012 mari
    • RC
      7/24/2012 RC
      Make sure the lift kit brackets are not loose at the track bar. Check out the site below.
    • HouseCallAuto
      7/25/2012 HouseCallAuto
      I truly believe that the single *stock* stabalizer shock might be insufficient to dampen out the desire for these large, oversize tires on this relatively light Jeep to want to shimmy at 50 mph.
  • Joanny21
    Joanny21 - 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 7/18/2012
    What will make the car shake from the front of the car.
    the mileage on the car is 20110. No it doesent when is cold or hot. The problem happends when am driving.It happends once in a while not all the time. Couple of days ago when i was driving in the highway. It shakes really bad from the front of the jeep.No its not on.
    • RC
      7/17/2012 RC
      Wheel balance and loose or worn track bar bushings are common.
    • Mil
      7/18/2012 Mil
      I have the same problem of shaking from the front of the vehicle but on a 1994 Grand Cherokee Laredo 6Cyl4.0L - Just bought it last week. I've already spent almost $2,000 in new brakes, new fuel pump, computer. I am a woman and driving it with trembling and slipping on the pedal makes me nervous. Does anyone know what's happening? What repair shop can I take it here in Miami that are good for fixing Cherokees? Thank you. Mily
      7/18/2012 RC
      Mil, Take it back to the shop that performed the work. Also, you should open a separate question so others can easily see it.
    • Mil
      7/18/2012 Mil
      Thanks, I will open it as a separate question.
      A guy that said he was a mechanic performed the work.
      I'm taking it to a mechanic.
    • skol788
      7/18/2012 skol788
      Could also check the steering damper. looks kind of like a shock that runs parallel with the ground.
      7/20/2012 Mil
      Thanks for the tip, I'll have that checked!
  • Cody
    Cody - 1999 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - Steering & Suspension - 7/16/2012
    Tires not flat, what could possibly cause my Jeep to lean way too low on the front pass. and too high at opposite rear??
    When driving or standing in front of my jeep it is visibly noticeable as well as when looking at opposite rear tire
    • Sheldon
      7/16/2012 Sheldon
      Cody check your suspention parts on said side. in particular look for a busted strut spring or broken or worn sway arm components. The sagging front corner will cause the opposite corner of the vehicle to have an opposite appearance.
  • Geno
    Geno - 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 7/14/2012
    I need to take off the peice that holds the spendell and goes into the four wheel drive unite
    • jeepguyracing
      7/14/2012 jeepguyracing
      are you talking about the drive shaft or the axle?either one is not to bad to remove the axle you have to remove the brake caliber and pads.remove the nut in the center of the axle and simply pull it out.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 7/14/2012
    Does this jeep have variable assist
    power steering pressure hose leaks all fluid as soon as you switch the gear, makes it hard to turn the wheel. i was recently in a car accident that left the whole front bumper damaged. power steering fluid leaks as i am driving. engine light is not on
    • jeepguyracing
      7/14/2012 jeepguyracing
      your jeep should have power will not work if it is to low or out of fluid.It is not hard to put on a new hose.