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H3 Steering Problem

Postby Chash3 » Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:25 pm

Just got a call from the wife. She said that when she drove the H3 to work today. That every time she turned the steering wheel toward the drivers side then straighten the wheels back out to go straight, that the right front wheel feels like it is binding up and getting stuck prior to it moving back out.. Any suggestions on what might be happening. I’ll post more info later after I get home from work and get a chance to pull the tire off….
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Re: H3 Steering Problem

Postby tomp » Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:31 pm

Yeah, tell her to take it out of 4-wheel-LOCK. The right-front wheel is the "drive-wheel" out of the two front wheels, so that is why she is feeling it there.
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Re: H3 Steering Problem

Postby HummBebe » Wed Mar 25, 2009 5:25 pm

Yeah, tell her to take it out of 4-wheel-LOCK. The right-front wheel is the "drive-wheel" out of the two front wheels, so that is why she is feeling it there


Why would she have it is 4 Hi Lock in suburban LA?

Just because she is a she doesn't mean she's an idiot.

There are so many things this could be, I would initially assume that there is something wrong with the Half shaft on the right.

Your boys are still wheeling/driving it yes?
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Re: H3 Steering Problem

Postby Seth » Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:36 pm

It seems to me to be more of a symptom of a tie rod or steering rack issue. Of course when my differential exploded last month, it also bound up when trying to turn. It created a popping sound that was very noticeable.
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Re: H3 Steering Problem

Postby tomp » Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:45 pm

HummBebe wrote:
Just because she is a she doesn't mean she's an idiot.


Nobody implied that Beeb...I have forgotten to turn it off and my kids have also activated it, so guys can do it too :wall:
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Re: H3 Steering Problem

Postby Chash3 » Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:51 pm

Found the problem... It's the drivers side.... and 'YEP' Bebe, my sons are driving the H3 off-road any chance they get....

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Re: H3 Steering Problem

Postby HummBebe » Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:30 pm

tomp wrote:
HummBebe wrote:
Just because she is a she doesn't mean she's an idiot.


Nobody implied that Beeb...I have forgotten to turn it off and my kids have also activated it, so guys can do it too :wall:


All I'm saying is you could have asked the question instead of making an assumption.
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Re: H3 Steering Problem

Postby CBphoto » Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:19 pm

I'll back you up Tom, I've noticed strange steering before & found I'd pressed 4HL when pulling my phone from it's holder (clipped to the vent above).

Beebs, don't be so sensitive, he wasn't dissing on the ladies, the way I read it.

Chas, looks like a ripped boot threw all it's grease, the halfshaft is probably baked.
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Re: H3 Steering Problem

Postby c3 rolling » Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:38 am

I was going to post the same as Tomp. :duh:
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Re: H3 Steering Problem

Postby NiznacH3 » Thu Mar 26, 2009 6:02 pm

Wait...? So that isn not normal for the H3 to do this? When I turn my wheels to full lock to park in a lot I can feel the wheels hopping and the steering wheel want to keep pulling to full lock and I have to pull it bakc to straight.

Mine has done this since i bought it! Time to head to the dealer? :duh:

And i definatley do not have it in 4-HI or 4-LO lock for sure... :wall:
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Re: H3 Steering Problem

Postby Mark » Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:08 pm

NiznacH3 wrote:When I turn my wheels to full lock to park in a lot I can feel the wheels hopping and the steering wheel want to keep pulling to full lock and I have to pull it bakc to straight.

I never had felt the wheels hopping but used to have it want to continue turning in the '06 from time to time, hadn't noticed in the Alpha yet. I just always assumed it was because it's full time 4x4.
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Re: H3 Steering Problem

Postby Seth » Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:27 pm

NiznacH3 wrote:Wait...? So that isn not normal for the H3 to do this? When I turn my wheels to full lock to park in a lot I can feel the wheels hopping and the steering wheel want to keep pulling to full lock and I have to pull it bakc to straight.

Mine has done this since i bought it! Time to head to the dealer? :duh:

And i definatley do not have it in 4-HI or 4-LO lock for sure... :wall:

That is completely normal. Partly due to the fact that the turning radius is so tight. The wheels turn so far that they stay. Also because the 4x4. The popping is from the skid plates and frame. Dealer will just tell you it is normal. That is not the symptoms Chash3 had.
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Re: H3 Steering Problem

Postby Hunner » Fri Mar 27, 2009 10:34 pm

Cranking yur torsions up high can upset the H3s desire to steer back to center. If you have not had it aligned the toe and camber being off can have an even greater adverse affect. It's bow legged and pigeon toed!
I like to reference this site as the cars look like the Formula Fords and Formula Atlantic that require constant attention but play like it is a H3 anyway with the front wheels pulling adding to the problem.
http://www.ozebiz.com.au/racetech/theory/align.html

Here is a really mucked up alignment
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Re: H3 Steering Problem

Postby NiznacH3 » Sat Mar 28, 2009 8:42 am

Oh ok wheeewwww! I've already had enough of a headach with trying to get my dealer to fix stuff on mine. If anyone remembers my front differential dilema this winter (which is still not fixed and making noise) and with the left rear spring sagging more than the right. :wall: glad i didn't have another thing to add to the list.
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Re: H3 Steering Problem

Postby RealJeep » Sat Apr 04, 2009 8:26 pm

Hunner wrote:Cranking your torsions up high can upset the H3s desire to steer back to center. If you have not had it aligned the toe and camber being off can have an even greater adverse affect.


Here's an alinement tip..Yes, that's a proper spelling.... Don't take your rig to some tire store for an alignment. Search around and find someone (old school) who has an alignment pit and does front ends for a living. When you take it to a Jiffy Rip Tire Store all they'll do is put it on the rack, read the computer and bring it into factory specs, not a good idea when you're running up high and out of spec range. Sometimes the old way is the BEST way to do alinements!
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