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2004 WJ - Front Wheel Alignment Question

Hi,

My WJ is pulls to the left when driving along and if you look at the wheels from the front with the steering set straight you can see that the left from wheel is pointing out slightly.

I've taken it to two alignment centres now and neither of them could seem to work out how to adjust the toe on a Grand Cherokee.

I've since found out that to adjust toe you need to loosen off the bolts on the track rod and twist the centre clockwise or anti clockwise to adjust toe in or toe out for the front wheels.

Only problem is that it looks like doing this adjusts both wheels at the same time, but my right hand side wheel is fine, it's just the left wheel that's out. Is there a way of adjusting just one of the front wheels?

Could the problem be down to a bent part or work tie rod end on the left hand side causing the issue? I can't see anything wrong, but I suppose it would only have to be slightly bent to cause an alignment issue.

Matt

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Re: 2004 WJ - Front Wheel Alignment Question

There is a tie rod and a drag link. The tie rod connects from one wheel to the other wheel. This is the one you referenced and it adjusts toe in/out. The drag link connects the pitman arm to the steering knuckle. It adjusts the same way as the arm you mentioned.

What you'll want to do is adjust the tie rod until the front measurement is 1/8" less than the back measurement on the tire (1/8" toe in). Then tighten the clamps down. This should make your Jeep drive straight if you were to let go of the wheel. However, the steering wheel may not be centered. Then you need to park the Jeep with the wheels straight (not the steering wheel). Then turn the key to the on position (so the steering wheel can turn and isn't locked) and adjust the drag link. Adjust it until it causes the steering wheel to be straight when the tires are straight.

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I found a good diagram from a TJ. The parts aren't in the exact same spot on the WJ, but it's pretty darn close.
http://www.quadratec.com/Assets/Know...ing%281%29.jpg
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Re: 2004 WJ - Front Wheel Alignment Question

Hi,

Thanks for the reply. The method you've described is what I'd read before on how to adjust the toe, but my understanding of it is that if you adjust the tie rod it affects both wheels. My right hand wheel is spot on and doesn't need to be adjusted, but the left wheel is out.

Is there a way to only adjust the toe on the left wheel?

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Hi,

Thanks for the reply. The method you've described is what I'd read before on how to adjust the toe, but my understanding of it is that if you adjust the tie rod it affects both wheels. My right hand wheel is spot on and doesn't need to be adjusted, but the left wheel is out.

Is there a way to only adjust the toe on the left wheel?

Matt
If you have the wheel locked in the center position, this will lock the pitman arm in place, which will lock the drag link in place, and that will lock the right wheel in place. Turning the tie rod should then only move the left wheel.

If that doesn't work, you need to stop thinking about it as right wheel good and left wheel bad. The wheels are adjusted as a single unit. You need to set the toe properly and this will make both wheels good (but might make the steering wheel off center). Then you adjust the drag link to bring the steering wheel back to center.
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