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  • billb1948
    billb1948 - 1999 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - Steering & Suspension - 12/31/2010
    I feel like a tugging in the steering wheel.
    it only happens when i'm in 4 wheel drive mode and only when i have to turn sharply - like going in or out of a parking space. i've only experienced it at slow speed. it feels like the wheels are stuttering. i have 77,000 miles. no warning lights. hot or cold ...
    • James Vaughn
      12/31/2010 James Vaughn
      if this is happening on dry pavement this is normal. the front wheel is pulling on dry or even a slightly wet pavement. because of the gearing of 4 wheel drive espec ially while turning.
  • tori
    tori - 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 12/29/2010
    How to install a new pulley on the power steering pump
      hello tori if you go down to advance auto parts and pick up a Haynes book for $25.00 it will show you how to do the job step by step with pictures....................good luck..................happy holidays
    • RC
      12/23/2010 RC
      If the pulley is a press fit, the auto parts store may rent you the installation and removal tool.
    • tori
      12/23/2010 tori
      ok so know I need to know how to replace the power steering pump and what I all need to do that.. do I just buy a power steering pump?? or is there a bunch of other things I need to purchase in order to put a new power steering pump in?
      tori navigate to this site and it will show you how to do the job .................good luck.................happy holidays
    • RC
      12/23/2010 RC

      Check this site for pricing and illustrations. It looks like the pump can come with the reservoir and without, but all of them are missing the pulley. If the pulley is in good condition, then you will need the tool to remove it from the old pump and install it on the new on. It's a good idea to get the manual like Joe suggests, especially if you plan to keep the vehicle or do more repairs.
    • tori
      12/23/2010 tori
      ya I plan on keeping the vehicle. No the pulley is no good it is plastic and busted and when I was taking getting the plugs off the power steering pump a plastic part busted of the power steering pump so know I need that to.
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      Master RC, Happy Holidays to you and your Family...
    • tori
      12/28/2010 tori
      so I have installed the new power steering pump with pulley, bleed the lines... still no power steering.. power steering was working fine b4 new pump! i do now know what else to do!
      are the lines new too?
    • tori
      12/28/2010 tori
      I figured it out.. we were missing the control valve.. ha I guess I should be a littke more careful!
    • tori
      12/29/2010 tori
      ok I lied still havn't figured it out.. put the control valve in... bleed the lines.. still no power steering.. what am I doing wrong!?
    • Mike
      12/29/2010 Mike
      Something doesn't sound right. If the power steering was working fine, why did you replace the pump? Did you lift the front of the vehicle and turn the wheels back and forth to bleed the system, and what control valve are you referring to?
    • tori
      12/29/2010 tori
      I replaced the pump because the pulley snapped off the pump and when my boyfriend was taking off the pump to take into go get the new pulley put on he snapped part of the pump, so then I had to buy a new pump. The control valve was one that was supposed to be inside the pump but fell out and was set aside and wasn't realized until after the new pump was installed. So once again took the pump out put the valve in and started all over again still nothing. So I just got done draining all the fluid which is a brown color with like golden looking flakes in it, and put all new fluid in. This time around I did not life the vehicle up to bleed the system, but still no luck. The only thing I can think of is something to do with the actual steering it-self but that doesn't make sense because I had no problems until putting the new pump on.
    • tori
      12/29/2010 tori
      I am starting to think it might be a bad steering rack and pinion

  • Maurice
    Maurice - 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 12/28/2010
    Having problem with stabilizer end links bottom bolt loosening hard to tighten
    what tool is needed to tighten bottom bolt
  • jasmine
    jasmine - 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 12/27/2010
    Rubber tubing hanging down--looks like one end is attached to the drive shaft that is just to the right of my front driv
    drivers side tire
    • jlofwash
      12/27/2010 jlofwash
      that tube is for water crossings, so water has to be real deep for it go go into your axle, just secure the loose end up as high as you can hang it, use a plactic tie to keep it is place
  • Ken
    Ken - 2005 Jeep - Steering & Suspension - 12/27/2010
    Jeep has death wobble. How do you correct.
    So far have changed , shocks,stab shock , and high speed balanced the front tires.
    • Bill
      12/27/2010 Bill
      Front or back? 4WD?
    • Ken
      12/27/2010 Ken
      Front. Yes four wheel drive. Jeep wrangler 2005 TJ Ulimited 27,564 miles
      Their are many Blogs on the internet about this problem but no one seems to have an answer.
      The ball joints have also been checked and are in good working order.
      Thanks for you help. Ken
    • Bill
      12/27/2010 Bill
      Limited slip differential hanging up could cause this. Try replacing fluid with premium type first. Also steering linkage could be loose.
  • Kristen
    Kristen - 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 12/27/2010
    What all do i need to take the hud assembly off.
    • yboy82
      12/21/2010 yboy82
      Is it your hub assembly not hud assembly? Or hood assembly?
    • Randy
      12/27/2010 Randy
      Disconnect your battery as you have an airbag system in your jeep and wait at least two minutes for the system to discharge. Raise your jeep and remove the front wheel. Secure your jeep with jack stands. Loosen the two bolts that hold the brake caliper and lift the caiper out of the way. Be careful with the caliper and hoses, don't kink the hose. You can tie it up to the spring to get it out of the way. remove the brake rotor (disk). Remove the cotter pin from the axle shaft. Remove the big nut from the axle, I thick it's a 36mm nut. There are three 13mm 12 point bolts that you need to remove from the back side of the mounting plate. There's a pretty good chance on a 14 year old jeep that the bolts are kind of rusty, if so put a little penetrating oil on them to help loosen them up. Once they are out you will need to tap the hub assembly from the back side to break it loose as it will probaly be rusted in place as well. The assembly is the reverse order. While you have everything apart it is a good time to check the CV boots for wear as well as any brake components. The whole thing should take about an hour and a half and two beers. Good luck.
  • 79cj5
    79cj5 - 1980 Jeep CJ5 - Steering & Suspension - 12/19/2010
    Anybody know how to install lower boot & clamp jeep lower steering shaft?
    I'm changing my jeep cj to power steering. The problem is, I want to change the lower coupler. I can not figure out how to install the boot and clamp.
    0 answer
  • 99 jeep
    99 jeep - 1999 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - Steering & Suspension - 12/14/2010
    Turning hard left or right causes difficult steering and a the jeep rocks in four wheel drive. also it squeaks when turn
    i had bought a new steering stabilizer, and now when its really cold, the power steering is goin out it seems
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      Is the wheel is hard to turn, especially while moving at slow speed? The possible causes of the problem are; low power steering fluid (add fluid as needed), loose or worn power steering belt (tighten or replace belt), bad power steering pump (have it checked for pressure and replace if needed), leaking power steering rack (inspect steering rack for leaks and replace rack if needed).
  • mike
    • Bobby
      12/10/2010 Bobby
      should be numbered, check the part number for both sides, if the number is supposed to be the same then check with what you have. if they are two different parts tehn you need to determine which number is right and which is left.
  • MJ
    MJ - 2006 Jeep Liberty - Steering & Suspension - 12/5/2010
    Replace upper cotrol arm assembly or just the dryed out bushings?
    1.5 " Lifted Jeep - Getting a loud squeek rubbing sound going over bumps/dips in road. Clearance is good. All bushings are dry/cracked.
    • Bill
      12/5/2010 Bill
      Sounds like struts or shocks. If all joints are in this condition you may be right about the ball joints and bushings. Try pushing downward by hand on each corner of vehicle to see if it squeaks to isolate problem location.
      12/5/2010 MJ
      Thanks for the info. I just installed all new Old Man Emu lift kit. The sound comes from both sides. I noticed the noise before and after the lift.
  • Ann
    • Autobahn
      11/30/2010 Autobahn
      I cant seem to find that part number even in my OEM catalog and aftermarket catalog but in, All upper control arms have the bushings
    • yboy82
      12/1/2010 yboy82
      From what website that part number came from? Can you please post the website to be able to help? Thanks.
  • JeepChick
    JeepChick - 2006 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - Steering & Suspension - 11/30/2010
    What causes knocking noise from underneath when turning or going over bumps?
    The noise is coming from what sounds like the back of the jeep and/or possibly the front driver's side. It "knocks" when going over bumps or making left turns. It started a couple days ago and I first noticed it when I was pulling into my driveway. It doesn't always ...
      from the sound of what you are saying it could be ball joints or bearings...........i would have a shop take a look at it to be safe.............good luck
      11/30/2010 JeepChick
      Thank you very much, I will!
  • joyce
    joyce - 1980 Jeep CJ7 - Steering & Suspension - 11/27/2010
    We have the power steering gearbox apart and we are wondering how many bearing balls are suppose to be in it .
    we know we lost some.
  • jkat
    jkat - 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 11/26/2010
    Whenever i turn my wheel to the right it makes a real bad grinding noise. i dont know wat it is
    • JEFF
      11/26/2010 JEFF
      11/26/2010 jkat
      its only when i turn my wheel right though. its not a consistent grinding noise. would that still be the bearing?
  • Daniel Sauceda
    Daniel Sauceda - 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 11/24/2010
    Right rear side of rear end rumbles after driving for 30/30 miles
    Sounds like a clunk clunk as I turn corner.
      11/24/2010 KINGS SERVICES
      jeeps have alot of problems with their rears sounds like you have bearing problems either outer wheel bearing or carrier bearing also check your fliud level in it