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Loud crack when I turned my steering wheel and the steering felt bit loose drove the the Jeep dealership in Geelong and heard another crack and found this under my car, now awaiting repairs.
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Your one lucky boy....

Yeah wife said the same we were suppose to drive up the highway to Melbourne glad it didn't happen at 100KMH.
When I asked the Jeep service guys I was told that recall was over and they would look into it , The Jeep had been looked at in 1997 they dealership didn't know about the two stages.
I got home and phone up Jeep Australia and they phoned the dealership and told them it was a warranty job.
Jeep Australia told me it just came up as a warranty job but no mention of two stages.


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The first stage was inspection only & if ok leave it. Unfortunately as you found out, the second stage was repair when broken!
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Just got the news from the dealership they checked it out and found cracks in the rail and bolts sheared off and still in the pump.
Good news Jeep Australia paying for it , bad news ordering parts and having panel shop repair and weld rail means no Jeep for 2 or more weeks.


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yes its a fun job this one. I worked for a local dealer in town and did several jeeps with the cracks in the frame. I would drill all cracks at the start to end like TSB would say and weld the plates onto the frame after. spray with cold gal paint then spray with the matching colour in spray cans made up by panel shop. When they made them RHD the front cross member the radiator sits on covered the crush sleeve top mounting leg inside the frame up top. This cross member covered a slot that was supposed to get welded in the factory and it was not as the operator welder could not get to it. One of the checks showed a tool that bolted to the cross member (existing holes) and directly over the covered slot. you then drilled the area were the tool indicated to drill to open up the cross member over the slot. I then weld the leg to the top of the frame. If you look at left rail when the radiator is out you see the slot in the top of the rail I speak of it's for LHD. I am good welder and enjoyed the look on the other mechanics faces when I first started. They gave them to me from then on. I like to take pride in my work and I Know how important it is for this job to be done right as you could be passing me on the road one day and I don't wont you steering to fail. I also do roadworthy's for NSW and have seen some bad repairs in my time. HQ holden chassis cracks, Ford falcon spring tower cracks, Valiant rusted and cracker rails around the steering box, upper control arm mount cracks and complete separation on test drives. Nissan patrol rear frame cracks. Nissan spring mounts hitting on the wagon floors when they broke off because of the air bags.
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Well it's coming up to the dealership having the car for 4 weeks with nothing being done to it.
Apparently there waiting for parts to arrive from the USA not sure what's happening with the steering box as the sheared bolts are still stuck in it.
Then the Jeep with be taken to a panel beaters for it to be welded in place and repaired. I would hope it then would go to a steering joint for a wheel alignment.


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Took them something like 6 weeks to get the parts for mine in Perth
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