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Just had new ball joints and steering stabilizer installed. Steering still feels off. Wheel barely comes back on it own and it seems to be "walking" as I'm at highway speed making me sway back and forth. Any ideas what should be checked? Any input would be highly appreciated

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How long ago were the ball joints put in? How many miles have you put on them?

After we do ball joint installs we have people just drive up and down a dirt road to help settle them in. Usually around 500 miles give or take they settle in.

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How long ago were the ball joints put in? How many miles have you put on them?

After we do ball joint installs we have people just drive up and down a dirt road to help settle them in. Usually around 500 miles give or take they settle in.
They were installed last week. But I also read somewhere that if they're too tight it'll cause that too. But that doesn't make sense to me to have ball joints not tight. I wasn't aware of the 500 mile break in period. But it is difficult for me to get on a dirt road since I live in NYC. But I guess the pot holes will give the same outcome. LOL

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What brand ball joints? Synergy are notorious for this, I once used synergy and had stiff steering, zero return to center, and truly scary handling at speed for about 500-1000 miles.

Other brands can still have this too though.
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What brand ball joints? Synergy are notorious for this, I once used synergy and had stiff steering, zero return to center, and truly scary handling at speed for about 500-1000 miles.

Other brands can still have this too though.
Actually they are the synergy. And the stabilizer is Teraflex

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Actually they are the synergy. And the stabilizer is Teraflex

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Ok, then what you're experiencing is perfectly normal (although unfortunate indeed) and will get better with time. The stabilizer has nothing to do with it.
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Ok, then what you're experiencing is perfectly normal (although unfortunate indeed) and will get better with time. The stabilizer has nothing to do with it.
That is unfortunate. Especially with the snow we just got. But thanks for the input. It is appreciated

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I've read a lot about sloppy highway steering as well. My Jeep felt like it was drifting all over the highway when I installed my new 37's. I thought it might be ball joints or tie rods. But after some investigation I found out it my tire pressure was way too high. I let a bunch of air out and it really helped my problem. What size tires are you running? There are few threads about how much pressure for your tire size. I would definitely check that.

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I've read a lot about sloppy highway steering as well. My Jeep felt like it was drifting all over the highway when I installed my new 37's. I thought it might be ball joints or tie rods. But after some investigation I found out it my tire pressure was way too high. I let a bunch of air out and it really helped my problem. What size tires are you running? There are few threads about how much pressure for your tire size. I would definitely check that.

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I'm running 33's I'll try to lower the pressure a bit.

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