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Old 04-21-2011, 12:38 PM   #15
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I am certainly no authority, but I do have a lifted Jeep with lots of mods, and hang out in the Jeep forums (since mid 90's). I have not heard of the death wobble being associated with a Jeep in stock form. This doesn't mean it couldn't happen, but would be rare.

All of the death wobbles I have seen or experienced have been in the context of the a lift installation, larger tires, having recently been off road (something was broken, like a track bar mount, tire balance weights rubbed off), etc.

If your Jeep suspension is stock, I would head for the dealership.
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I am certainly no authority, but I do have a lifted Jeep with lots of mods, and hang out in the Jeep forums (since mid 90's). I have not heard of the death wobble being associated with a Jeep in stock form. This doesn't mean it couldn't happen, but would be rare.

All of the death wobbles I have seen or experienced have been in the context of the a lift installation, larger tires, having recently been off road (something was broken, like a track bar mount, tire balance weights rubbed off), etc.

If your Jeep suspension is stock, I would head for the dealership.
I totally agree! That's the reason I think it is more to do with a worn damper, lost wheel weight, etc.
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Yep, steering damper. And it's pretty easy to verify. Look for any fluid leakage around where the shaft enters the body of the damper and/or take the nut off the movable shaft end...push/pull on the shaft to see if there's any dampening, if not, you've found the problem. Bob
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Change your tires... My son had the same problem but changed to a not so aggressive tire and it quit instantly and it was much quieter.
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Old 04-21-2011, 02:48 PM   #19
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One quick 'check' for a tire issue would be to swap the front and rear tires. If it's a tire issue causing the death wobble it should change when the fronts are rotated to rear. ......since you need a quick check or potential issues.

Also Rick is right about removing the steering damper and see if it has damping action remaining. There should be just one bolt holding the piston rod in place.
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My 08 steering damper was pretty much shot at 35k. This is a stock jeep except for a slightly heavier front end (winch and tow base plate). I could work the steering damper like an accordian; not a good sign. The new one from ProComp was cheap (less than $40), took longer to get out of the box than to bolt on (but here's a hint; you need a 16mm wrench, which is an almost unknown size). While I was at it I threw on new shocks a few weeks later; they were pretty well gone, too. So far, no further problems.

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I had the same problem. I replaced my oem steering damper with 35k miles with a new one from 4wd Parts, $40. Seems to have cured it.
I did exactly the same thing. Cured the wobble. No worn frontend parts found.
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I have seen that in cars, (Not jeeps but other makes) Visit an alignment shop, be prepared to pay for ball joints and/or tie rod ends.

NOTE: The number of cars (And trucks) on the road which do not need re-alignment is exactly equal to the number where the ink is still wet on the receipt from the alignment shop. So that visit might not be a bad deal anyway.
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I sure as heck would NOT tow it behind my RV, until the problem was diagnosed and fixed. FWIW. (didn't see anyone else say it, so I will)
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Thanks to all.....we solved the death wobble problem!!

Traded the Wrangler for a 2011 70th Anniversary Grand Cherokee.......sweet!!!!!
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Thanks to all.....we solved the death wobble problem!!

Traded the Wrangler for a 2011 70th Anniversary Grand Cherokee.......sweet!!!!!
Funny how many times that fixes a problem......well, at least yours. My dad use to say "Be careful that you don't trade your problem for someone elses." Odd thing is that I've had very good 'luck' buying used vehicles and in fact have had a higher percentage of problems with new vehicles!
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cheating for sure. I like my old wrangler TJ, and will keep her for a long time.

I got a wobble now, starts hard at fifty exactly, then gradually gets better as I go faster, completely gone at 58 or so.

At 51 mph, the steering wheel is vibrating so hard it's difficult to hang onto!

The "cause"? Well I replaced the worn out front motor mounts!
Good news is the noise on take off from the bad motor mounts is gone.
Gonna try replacing the trans mount and the steering stabilizer soon...
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I had that problem years ago.. Possible causes (This assumes you were driving the jeep) are failing ball joints and failing tie rod ends.

Get ye to an alignment shop.

If you were TOWING the jeep.. Add improper alingment to the list above.. Same solution, Get ye to an alignment shop. And tell them it is a TOWED vehicle so they make sure to add a bit to one of the angles .
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