Did a bunch of work this weekend - Again have some questions
Steering was super loose and had some pops and clunks, so I decided to freshen up the front end.
Replaced the UCA ball joints, all tie rods (inner and outer) and idler arm with moog components.
Next weekend going to do some coils and and shocks before taking it in for an alignment.
Steering is definitely tightened up! I'm happy with the feel so far, except some concerns that I will outline below.
On a quick test drive, I really had to work to return it to center after turns, especially when turning to the left side. With all of what I replaced, my novice instinct is thinking that alignment is the issue? Too much Positive caster??
I had a heck of a time getting the inner drivers side tie rod out. Even with a compressed air pickle fork. Looking at old rod assembly (inner+outer) for reference, I think the PO had the tie rod installed into the spindle from the Top - which I believe is incorrect. I didn't notice it while i was removing it, but when I tried to see how the old one went it, the orientation of the rod ends led me to believe that it's the only way he could have had it. As a result, I had to eyeball the center position of the wheel, and pretty much had to shorten both DS rod ends to their limits to keep it straight. This is why I'm hoping it's an alignment issue.
Also, the outer passenger side tie rod, I couldn't tighten fully to spec. It kept going and going quite a few threads below the hole for the cotter pin. I didn't have a grease gun to inject it with grease. I doubt thats what it could have been but what the hell do I know.
I wish I took pictures so that I could see what I did, in case I did something incorrectly. The diagrams in the FSM on this topic weren't the greatest, but i was able to find diagrams online and in the install procedure on CJPP.
I also repaired the cylinder boot which fell off on one side and seemed to be a janky generic Autozone special. The cylinder rod looked very clean and didn't have any pitting. It engaged and disengaged evenly without binding. I definitely torqued that down to spec.
As I install the rest of my suspension next weekend, do you have any suggestions for me to check?
In addition to re-checking my work, I will look at the PS belt, fluid.
Thanks for reading! looking forward to your comments
Last edited by WeTheNorth; 02-26-2018 at 12:02 AM.