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2000 Jeep Cherokee, my steering radius is off

Old 05-02-2019, 01:16 PM
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Default 2000 Jeep Cherokee, my steering radius is off

I rolled my Jeep, it had front bumper damage, broke steering arm off the box. So I couldn't get center position.i replaced crossmember, steering arm, steel plates along frame. I put it all back together and it drives great, tight steering, no wondering or pulling. Turning left is fine, but can't get full turn to the right. I've tried repositioning steering arm, and CV pitman arm still not turning right. What's next?
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Old 05-02-2019, 01:59 PM
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In my opinion, you need to center the steering box. To do this, remove the drag link ball joint from the pitman arm on the box. Turn the steering wheel all the way to the left. Now turn it all the way to the right, counting the turns as you go. Then turn it back left 1/2 the number of turns. Make sure the wheels are as straight as possible and the pitman arm should line it with the joint on the drag link. If not, remove the pitman arm from the box and install it so it is as close as possible to the joint. I forgot to mention the steering wheel should be straight when turned 1/2 way back or before you check the position of the pitman arm. You can fine tune the straightness of the steering wheel after getting the drag link reconnected and driving it. If the splines don't allow you to easily line up the pitman arm with the ball joint, you'll have to adjust the joint on the drag link.

This is assuming the box wasn't damaged. When doing the initial full turning, you should be able to feel it turn smoothly and freely without hitches or popping. I would suspect the shaft seal to start leaking soon anyway.
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