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Old 04-14-2009, 05:28 AM   #1
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Default how to tell if tierod ends are bad? and other steering components?

my jeep steers and handles bad. its always been bad but the steering seems to be getting worse. i checked the steering stabilizer shock today by removing it seemed ok but when i bolted it back on i noticed the rod it bolt into moved at the tierod end side to side i can grab either one and move them side to side. all of the steering stuff, tierod ends and whetever else. the trackbar looks fiine but it looks like it doesnt sit flat at the top. also is the long straight steering bar suposed to have a slight curve in it or is it bent from wheeling?


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Jack up the front end under the axle, keeping the suspension loaded and shake the wheel left to right, verifying a bad tie rod end...
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:03 AM   #3
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Jack up the front end under the axle, keeping the suspension loaded and shake the wheel left to right, verifying a bad tie rod end...
ok i will do that tomorrow when i check the aliagnment. is it normal for them to be able to move otherwise?
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Everything is supposed to be tight. Have someone move the steering wheel back and forth while you watch the components. You will need to replace anything loose. In all likely hood you will have to adjust your steering box and replace the track bar bushing also. After you are done, and it is aligned, you will notice that the 86 pulls to the right. This is normal. The camber is 1.5 degrees different from right to left. This is the way it was set up at the factory so that if you fall asleep at the wheel you will go into the ditch instead of on coming traffic. There is a fix for it in the form of an offset top ball joint.

Also your tie rod is supposed to be straight. I have straightened mine several time before I upgraded it. If it is bent, it will flex and probably bend more when you hit something off road.
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yeah i wasnt sure i saw a few at the junkyard that had the ever so slight curve in them as well. im geussing i need everthing
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If you are cruising the yard, then look for the ZJ with a V8. They had a heavier duty tie rod and drag link. You can upgrade while y our at it.
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If you are cruising the yard, then look for the ZJ with a V8. They had a heavier duty tie rod and drag link. You can upgrade while y our at it.
what year? theres a v8 grand chereokee and some 4.0 ones can i use those?
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My understanding it is the V8 grands that have the heaver tie rods.
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what year? theres a v8 grand chereokee and some 4.0 ones can i use those?
it has to be the V8s. I believe the 4.0L ones have the exact same tierod as cherokees.
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X2 it must be a v8 tierod.
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X2 it must be a v8 tierod.
so is the 2.5l stuff the same as the 4.0 stuff as well. dumb question but i want to make sure that its not even thinner
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I'm pretty sure the 2.5l stuff is the same as the 4.0l stuff.
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Yes it is the same
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the v8 grand i saw had a weird shaped bar it wasnt even close to straight but i think thats how its supposed to be. i got this instead for $14

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I do believe that the V8 ZJ tie rod does have a couple bends in it.


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