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Old 05-08-2017, 02:46 AM   #1
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Wobble towing a Terrain

For the past year we have encountered what others hsve callrd the death wobble in our 2010 Terrain. Pulled it for several years without any issues and now it's happened about once a trip when encountering a uneven bump in the road. It has happened at hi way speeds as well as lower in town speeds. I have read about a lot of jeeps encountering this problem but not much regarding GMC Terrains. Have other Terrain owners encountered this isse and did anyone find a solution a little more comforting than a bungie cord.
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Old 05-08-2017, 07:58 AM   #2
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Start by having the front end aligned. At that time check all of the suspension components. If possible have the tech add a bit more caster. Caster keeps the wheels pointing straight.
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The mechanical part of Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain are identical, however, Equinoxes outsell Terrains due to pricing.

That being said....scan lower in this forum for any topics about towing Equinox and this death wobble topic.

I just towed our 2017 Terrain over 1800 miles from Florida to Ontario on every kind of road and speed and surface, for the very first time and wondered if I'd have this problem. Happy to report it was perfect. The Blue Ox tow bar is perfectly level, snug fit in all receptacles so there's no slack.

The issue seems to be related to these vehicles with the 4 cylinder AND electric power steering design....never the 6 cylinder hydraulic steering design.
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Old 05-08-2017, 10:02 AM   #4
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Worn or damaged front suspension or steering components. Something has excess play in it.
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Old 05-08-2017, 10:18 AM   #5
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We have over 100K miles on our 2011 Terrain (4cly - elect steering) and probably close to 20K miles as a toad. We have never experienced this problem, but I've heard of other who have. Seems to me the fix would be to energize the electric steering when in tow. Not sure how that can be done, nor if it would do the trick.

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