Checking my 1998 Jeep front end/steering components for wear

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Old 05-05-14, 09:08 PM
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Checking my 1998 Jeep front end/steering components for wear

I've seen mechanics use something called a front end fork. However I don't know what they are looking for. I assume it's play in the various parts. I believe my jeep needs a new sway bar because if I hit a bump on a small curve I almost change lanes on the highway. Does anyone know of a video that shows how to check a front end? Maybe someone can advise me or post a link to a video. It doesn't have to be for a jeep but it would be nice. My mechanic of 15 years got sick and no longer does repairs. My town is small and not a lot of choices of mechanics. The ones that are here are expensive. I have tools and I am a printing press mechanic so I know how to use tools. The diagnosis is the problem! As always, any help will be greatly appreciated.
 
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I don't know of any vids [I'm sure there's one out there] but it isn't a difficult job. I'd suggest getting a Haynes repair manual - it should walk you thru it and help you with future repairs also.
 
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Dear Marksr, thanks so much. You know when I was a kid I used to build muscle cars I'm going back to the late 70's early 80"s. I also did all my own work on all of my cars I always referred to Haynes and "Motor" manuals. Thanks for the memory jog. Much appreciated.
 
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Jack one wheel off the ground at a time. Then move the wheel back and forth. Look for loose pitman or idler arms. Also tie rods.

Here is a pitman arm thats shot..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JLZlTC35OI
 
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Note all videos below are reference only... Ignore any and all advertising for any specific businesses....
 
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Lawrosa is probably on the right track but let me add my 2 cents. I had a vehicle with a bad rear shock/strut. When I hit a bump, instead of absorbing the impact, the shock was solid and it just bounced the car around (not in a suspension kind of way but like a ball). I know of a spot coming off the highway where there was a curve and a pothole right in the middle. Whenever I came around it, hit the hole and the rear would bounce sideways. My tech showed me that if you push down on a corner of the car and it does not give a little (compress the shock) or that it bounces too many times, then that corner's shock/strut may be worn out. Check all four corners. Try it before you get too far into your suspension diagnosis.
 
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as soon as you said jeep and front end, the first thing i thought of was death wobble. google it, and see if that sounds like what you are experiencing.
 
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Thanks for the input lawrosa. We're you referring to photos or links to videos? The reaso why I ask is tha I dint see anything. I'm new to using the forums. Perhaps I'm missing something? Could you please post again or tell me how to find what you are referring to? Thanks!
 
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Post # 4,5 and 6 are you tube videos I posted...

If you cant see them possibly you are not on a home computer???
 
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Doubt it is a sway bar . Most of the metal parts cause problems only if you hit something and bent them .

An exception , kind of , shocks / struts wear out . Look for signs of leaking hydraulic fluid and or dirt attracted to it .

And ball joints wear out . They are metal , too .

The rubber bushings and other parts wear out . That is where most of the rest of the wear shows up .

You have been given good info by the other folks .

I watch Wheeler Dealers . The mechanic on the show often puts a car on a lift and starts moving a wheel and its associated suspension parts , looking for worn parts . Even though most of the cars are non - US makes , same idea .

Watch a bunch of youtube videos . And , yes , by a book on your Jeep .

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