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Nakkas 01-07-2011 11:01 AM

Lost my steering in the KMart carpark. It's a bugger getting the broken bits out of the box....

Billnick 01-07-2011 03:28 PM

This seems to be a serious problem and I'm thinking it should be in the STICKY section. If I had a pre-update I would have liked to have known about it sooner.

Bill

xj jorg 05-07-2011 07:12 AM

Mine is a post date 98 and I had just had mine repaired for serious cracks.Had notice some noise and steering wobble.Was checking rod ends,panhard ball joints and whatever else than looked up and noticed the cracks between the steer box bolts and also along the bottom edge of chassis rail.Took to a panel beater who repaired it and he also found cracks under the sway bar mounts as well.Was cracked really bad in places.I run 32s and 4.5 lift.Rang the dealership who said all recalls were done on mine but did also find the recall code on the net which said the recall for that issue ended August last year.Updates are prone to the problem as well.

xjrob 05-07-2011 09:49 AM

This very reason is why I ordered this from Wooders

http://store.jksmfg.com/merchant2/me...Steering_Brake

rainman 05-07-2011 12:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xjrob (Post 1202821)
this very reason is why i ordered this from wooders

http://store.jksmfg.com/merchant2/me...steering_brake

x2.........................

Big Dave 05-07-2011 01:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xjrob (Post 1202821)
This very reason is why I ordered this from Wooders

http://store.jksmfg.com/merchant2/me...Steering_Brake

Why pay for your own kit when jeep will do it for free. Thier kit is the same type of thing only the plates also get welded to the chassis rail. I had my 96 model done in, I think it was 2008 at no cost to me, just without the thing for 3 days. There is an old thread on here somewhere. see here http://www.ausjeepoffroad.com/forum/...697#post791697 and here http://www.ausjeepoffroad.com/forum/...655#post840655 ;)

Kel 08-07-2011 08:31 PM

Current update..... my jeep is currently sitting at the local Jeep dealership waiting further inspection. Apparently the vehicle has been previously looked at/fixed under the recall (Jeep recall #723). The dealer now needs to talk to Jeep and find out whether they can do the repairs under this same recall. My thoughts are.... If it was "fixed" in the first place then it wouldnt have broken again.... as it has broken, maybe it wasnt "fixed" the first time around.

I have also spoken to customer service at Jeep Australia, who were very helpful in explaining there was two parts to the recall fix. 1) Inspection of chassis showing no cracks, then a strengthening weld was to be done. 2) if cracks were visable in the chassis then plates to be welded to chassis for strengthening.

They also mentioned that there is no expiry on the recall.

It will be interesting to hear what the dealership has to tell me early next week.

Deezelweazel 09-07-2011 03:37 AM

These bolts are hold in place with Loctite. Bolts must be replaced with fresh ones once you loosen them (Threads are precoated with kinda bluish special Loctite) or you have to reapply a coat of Loctite- otherwise, see above...

TheOoz 09-07-2011 03:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kel (Post 1203734)
I have also spoken to customer service at Jeep Australia, who were very helpful in explaining there was two parts to the recall fix. 1) Inspection of chassis showing no cracks, then a strengthening weld was to be done. 2) if cracks were visable in the chassis then plates to be welded to chassis for strengthening.

And the issue is that many, many years ago when they announced the recall a large number of XJs were checked and option 1 (at most) was carried out. But it didn't solve the problem and over time the chassis area weakens anyway. Like you, my XJ showed the first step of the recall had been done and Chrysler performed the second without question.

Probably because when i called the dealer my first comment was "how could you build a car with this fault and allow it on the road".


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