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post #1 of 3 Old 08-18-2015, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Temporary tight/stiff steering - sound familiar to anyone?

After a light day of wheeling, I had what felt like a binding/tight/stiff steering - not through out the entire lock-to-lock but in a couple spots/directions. Took significant force to turn the steering wheel in certain spots.

Did the standard check of fluid - no leaks, reservoir between min and max, no air bubbles, fluid flowing in properly. Put the front up on jack stands and rotated from lock to lock - there was no mechanical binding with tie rods, drag link, track bar, sector shaft/arm (I run a Synergy sector-shaft brace), no noise from the pump or steering box.

Here's the odd part - when the front was up, and rotating from lock to lock there was NO binding/tight/stiff feeling in the steering. Put it back down on the ground, and took it for a test drive. Problem gone.

Going to flush the PS fluid just in case there might have been something foreign in the fluid that affected the valving?

2012 JKU with 36K miles, running 35's

Anyone had this happen to them? Suggestions/ideas as to what it might be? Pump failing? Steering box/valve issues?
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post #2 of 3 Old 08-18-2015, 10:05 PM
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The couple times I've had that symptom has turned out to be a bent steering stabilizer. If that was it though, you likely would have noticed it when you inspected the rest of the steering components.
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The exact same thing happened to me after 4 days of wheeling in colorado. I swapped out the PS pump and everything is working perfectly again.
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