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death wobble question

Discussion in 'Wrangler JL (2018+)' started by AGeezerAndHisJeep, May 11, 2022.

  1. May 11, 2022 at 1:50 PM
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    AGeezerAndHisJeep

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    I just bought a 2022 2 door Wrangler Sport S and when looking through the Jeep forums I came across a lot of posts about the Jeep death wobble. I had never had this issue with the earlier Jeeps I owned (2 Libertys and a Renegade, all Trail Rated *) but reading about this made me do some research online. One of the articles I read said that FCA had identified the source of the problem and issued both a recall and a fix for it back in (I think it was) 2019. **

    So, having read that, I wondered if it was still a problem with newer Jeeps (like my 2022) and, if so, does it show up only in those who do a lot of rock crawling? Or does it also show up in those who just drive on normal paved and/or smooth roads?

    My main concern is not that it would happen to me when driving. I guess I would just slow down, stop and get started again which I believe fixes it, but whether I might see this while towing the Wrangler behind an RV. I would just as soon get where I wanted to go without finding everything all screwed up from the Jeep wobbling and destroying the towing equipment.

    * I guess I now have a real Jeep. :)

    ** See here.
     
  2. May 11, 2022 at 6:28 PM
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    MTgeezer

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    I think death wobble is a potential problem on all the solid axle front suspensions. All the MB/GPW/CJ/Willys wagon & trucks and the FC's can suffer that malady. My JK started doing that with 32 k on the odometer. I replaced the tie rod/drag link with Currie items and replaced the track bar heim joint with a much heavier greasable version along with new poly bushings on the other end. That fixed the problem






    for now-------- I suspect ball joints and control arm bushings are next on the list.
     
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  3. May 13, 2022 at 4:52 PM
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    Well, I was driving 35mph trying to get to the shop and had to stop every 100 yrds or so. I wasn’t scared but it was a mess to get there … no joke. They took it over right away, too unsafe to drive anymore ..

    Had the front and half of the rear rebuilt due to an $&@4(73’dk mechanic who had installed my lift without proper alignment.

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  4. May 13, 2022 at 9:15 PM
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    WOW....Dat sucks. And I know is quite costly. :spending::annoyed:
     
  5. May 14, 2022 at 7:16 AM
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    It was $4,000 to fix it, yup.
    All good since then, even better now with the long arms! Ha! However, wasn’t able to test drive much as I am down with Covid since I got him back .. UGH.
     
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  6. May 14, 2022 at 7:34 AM
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    Hope you bounce back real soon. Here’s something to make you smile. 86B9C1E1-0B3F-4B4E-AFBC-AB127D9268DD.jpg
     
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  7. May 14, 2022 at 8:01 AM
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    LOL.

    It’s indeed no joke. UGH. ‍
     
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