So I've got a neglected 1996 jeep cherokee country package. 2WD, 4.0 inline 6.
About two days ago my front end started floating pretty bad. I get to ~35 MPH and its like I'm driving drunk trying to keep my car on the road.
My steering has always had some play to it, but it seems to have gotten a lot worse. I have a few inches of slack, but when I get going I can barely ( like ¹/4" corrections) turn the wheels and I start drifting all over the place.
My first thought was a front end alignment, but in my mind that would make more of a pull and drag than floating.
So now I'm thinking it might be the shocks/tire rods. I'm not sure a bad bearing would make it float, I would think it would be more of a pull as well since it would be seizing up at that point.
Anyone got any tips or advice? Haven't had time to look at it yet but will tomorrow while I'm off. I'm not a mechanic by any means but for simple stuff like (i hope) this I think I can handle it with a beer and some YouTube.
Thanks in advance.