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Old July 20th, 2019, 15:17
gdl90xj gdl90xj is offline
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New steering box - too soft ?

I searched but could not find an answer, sorry if it has been discussed before

I had a very leaky steering box, it is now replaced by a remanufactured unit

Boy ! Steering is now awfully soft!

Got an alignment, added shims to increase the caster 2° but still soft, it drives in straight line smooth and no vibrations.

I can drive with one finger, I can not remember how it was when stock , but I do not recall it feeling like a 1970s power steering sedan like a ford ltd.

I have a 2" suspension and all terrain 235/75/15 tires

so the question is, and I understand it is hard to judge without driving the car, but is this steering softness normal ?

Thanks in advance
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Old July 20th, 2019, 15:39
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Re: New steering box - too soft ?

Probably something wrong in the box. They should have some feel to them. Seen a couple do that. What brand did you get?
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Old July 20th, 2019, 19:29
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Re: New steering box - too soft ?

brand .. hmm I don't know, it is an original box from another xj
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Old July 20th, 2019, 19:50
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Re: New steering box - too soft ?

I'm not sure what you mean by soft. There were a couple different gear rations used over the years so it might just be a different in the gear ratio.
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Old July 21st, 2019, 06:54
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Re: New steering box - too soft ?

Thanks I know it is difficult to explain

soft as there is no resistance at the steering wheel when turning, there is little feel of the road, as if the wheels were lifted of the ground

there seems to be to much power from the hydraulics

the steering works fine, it is just to easy to operate, sneezing at highway speeds is now a dangerous thing to do
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Old July 21st, 2019, 10:47
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Re: New steering box - too soft ?

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Thanks I know it is difficult to explain

soft as there is no resistance at the steering wheel when turning, there is little feel of the road, as if the wheels were lifted of the ground

there seems to be to much power from the hydraulics

the steering works fine, it is just to easy to operate, sneezing at highway speeds is now a dangerous thing to do
Sounds more like an alignment issue, the vehicle not tracking well. have the alignment checked.
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Old July 21st, 2019, 17:28
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Sounds more like an alignment issue, the vehicle not tracking well. have the alignment checked.
No. He said it changed after the replacing the the box. It has to do with the valve in the box.
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Old July 21st, 2019, 17:53
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No. He said it changed after the replacing the the box. It has to do with the valve in the box.
A valve in the steering box,... I guess not accesible from outside?

And I checked the alignment, added 2° of caster, it centers better and tracks in a straight line very well
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Old July 21st, 2019, 19:04
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Re: New steering box - too soft ?

I thought by sneezing on the highway issue that it tended to take off and wander.

Valves are under the outlet port, can be removed with pumps installed Too much pressure could over drive the system, making light easy steering.

also make sure your tire pressures are not too high, that too can cause light steering.
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Old July 23rd, 2019, 06:06
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New steering box - too soft ?

Sounds like a good thing to me

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