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nixon 10-10-2011 10:39 PM

I had the bolts that bolt the steering box tear straight thro the chassis, to fix it I got 2 plates of 6mm stainless steel drilled the holes in the correct spots and use the plate as on both sides to sort of a support the weak point and hold the steering box back in the correct position, it's a very common issue I've heard and is obvious when you see how thin the metal for the support us. Brent

nzoliver 21-10-2011 04:08 AM

Hi all,

There was no 'check' done in NZ. It was just 'do the recall'. All plates were fitted etc as a matter of course. :)

Jeep here will still happily do them. It is a 2 day job as a Govt. vehicle inspector has to inspect the/any welding. Big job as all the front comes off. :-?

I would suggest all XJ owners call their dealers and check if the recall has been done. I do and I also tell anyone I see with a freshly imported KJ to get to the dealers and have the 2 recalls done those too!!:cool:

Have a day

Oliver:rolleyes:

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheOoz (Post 1201609)
This is a known issue on the XJ. Mine is a 1995 limited, and I had the same thing occur about 3 years ago now. It was fixed by Chrysler under warranty.

There are many threads about it on this site, so do a quick search if you want more info. To summarise them, the chassis rail that the steering box is bolted to can flex (not properly engineered when they designed the right hand drive version), and over time this flexing softens the steel. High tensile bolts are not designed to flex so at some stage they snap in half. Have a look, it is impressive.

The dealers did a "check" when a recall was introduced a long time ago, but if your XJ passed the "check" it was never looked at again - but the problem becomes worse over time. So the warranty recall check had been done on my XJ, it passed, so they left the time bomb on the road until it finally failed.

ring your local dealer and explain the problem. You should have no issue having them repair it under the factory recall. They weld plates around the chassis and then re-assmble. An expensive job for them, free for you. they should have engineered it properly in the first place.


Evert 28-10-2011 05:33 PM

Is this recall actually for both the diesel and the petrol versions or only for the petrol cars?

I don't know if the steering boxes are different on them...?

mato 03-02-2012 07:46 AM

Ok dose any one have pics of a modded chasis rail
my 97 (96 build) has some recal stickers on the door
but now i have a noise in the front end but only when its raining ???
i have searched hight and low and cant fined anything yet
looked at the steering box and it looks like nothing spical. normal
but i have a bad feeling that it is going to have to be a box mount for rail issue.
is jeep still helping with this issue or have they wiped there hands of this issue
i will try and rin jeep later on and see how i go.
but if any one has pics of a modded box would be a big help

Windex 03-02-2012 10:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mato (Post 1259108)
Ok dose any one have pics of a modded chasis rail
my 97 (96 build) has some recal stickers on the door
but now i have a noise in the front end but only when its raining ???
i have searched hight and low and cant fined anything yet
looked at the steering box and it looks like nothing spical. normal
but i have a bad feeling that it is going to have to be a box mount for rail issue.
is jeep still helping with this issue or have they wiped there hands of this issue
i will try and rin jeep later on and see how i go.
but if any one has pics of a modded box would be a big help

I had mine fixed just before Christmas, I called them up with my VIN and they checked their records and then sent me to their panel beater. There was no pain at all other than not having the Jeep for two days.

warmapple 03-02-2012 10:25 AM

Who did you call? the local Jeep dealer or Jeep Australia?

mato 03-02-2012 08:58 PM

think i may have to call or drop in to local jeep
this noise is driving me f*%king insane
its a big knock i can feel it through the floor on the r/s side and only when turning left and in the wet
it fine when it is dry the noise goes away. and i have gone over every bit of suspension on the thing twice and cant fined a problem it all looks ok to me

Windex 01-03-2012 06:27 PM

Sorry I forgot to revisit the thread, I just called up my local Jeep dealer.

Siggers 08-03-2012 12:02 PM

I just called the number a page back the 03 number, she was very helpful, she said if there is anything wrong with that item of the steering, even it has been fixed, it will be covered under warranty! Go to the local jeep or chrysler dealer, and get it looked at...


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