I've got a 2014 Laredo, which had an OME lift installed last year. Before the lift, the car was in perfect working condition. Rolling forward 8 months, the steering has had a knock for months, that is getting worse. According to the dealer the steering rack is moving on it's mounts causing the noise.
Jeep service told me to remove the lift, saying it is the cause due to the lift taking the steering beyond it's designed limits. However going back to stock suspension isn't an option for me. Also considering OME designed this kit for this vehicle, and have had no other reports of this issue, I'm dubious that the lift alone, correctly installed would be at fault.
After the kit was first installed, there was also a knocking noise in the front, which went undiagnosed for at least 3 weeks while we continued driving (on the say-so of the installer). They eventually found a bent tierod end, which they could not explain, but replaced anyway. Replacing it made no difference to the noise. The actual cause was later found to be that they had left a sway bar link disconnected. Yes.
I'd like to know whether it's likely that this steering rack issue that I'm told I now have was caused by the 2 prior faults with tierod and swaybar links?
Jeep are saying that I'll need a new steering rack soon if I continue driving it with the lift installed, and I'm f****d if I'm going to wear that expense when it seems to have been caused by the ineptitude of the installer.
Looking for any help I can get here, thanks for reading