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post #1 of 8 Old 07-20-2015, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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Help! Got stuck and steering isn't right

Help! So I took my jeep for a ride through the woods tonight. Locked it in 4 low with lockers on (it's a rubicon auto) and dropped it on its frame in a small hole. Buddy pulled me out, no apparent damage but at slow speed it's like there is no power steering. The water level in the hole wasn't even to the bumpers. At speed steering is great. Seems like the power steering pump went. Any ideas? Supposed to leave for a trip on Saturday and can't drive it like this.

Any ideas? I hate electronic crap.
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-20-2015, 06:35 PM
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Sounds like you might have bent something or you over stressed the pump when stuck
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post #3 of 8 Old 07-20-2015, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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Think the pump is dead?
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post #4 of 8 Old 07-20-2015, 06:47 PM
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Check for bent stuff when someone is turning the steering wheel from side to side, tell them no to force it though.

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Typically, poor power assist at low rpm, and better power assist at higher rpm, indicates the vanes in the pump are worn or broken.
This usually happens when trying to get unstuck.

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Thanks guys. Time to get a new pump tomorrow. My old CJ7 held up to much, much more. Don't make them like they used to.
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post #7 of 8 Old 07-27-2015, 04:44 PM
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sounds stupid, but check your steering stabilizer. when you bend it enough it restricts movement. but i doubt it since you said you can steer at highspeed, so might be a pump issue

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Interesting....I just took my 2013 Rubi out for the first time, really crawling, this weekend. Had done some tough roads before, but not crawled. Just put on 35" tires and a 2.5" lift, and on this trip I had a frustrating issue. Several times, when I needed to adjust my track going into or through a difficult spot, I simply could not turn my steering wheel either way. It felt as if the pump had given up. I had to back up a little or pull forward a little and it would suddenly work again. No rocks against the wheels to jam them. I had about 18psi in tires. Any hints of what this might be? Nothing is bent.
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