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Trying to cure a light case of death wobble

Discussion in 'Wrangler TJ (1996-2006)' started by SergeantYates, Mar 9, 2019.

  1. May 23, 2019 at 7:25 PM
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    TJ_abuser

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    Well it was up front till I rotated 3 weeks back or so . Just had a lot on my plate lately. Our land lord sold the house we were renting and gave us a 23 day notice to vacate.kinda turned our lives upside down.
     
  2. May 23, 2019 at 7:26 PM
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    I had a small local shop mount and balance my tires. They did well. Sometimes the weights fall off and dick everything up tho. I've had to rebalance mine one time.
     
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  3. May 23, 2019 at 7:35 PM
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    Alignment issues, pot hole damage, losing wheel weights or suspension wear could cause tire imbalance over a period of time. In a worst case scenario, your egg-shaped tires affecting 60mph might not be able to be balanced or won't stay balanced long.
    Too bad about the landlord issues.
     
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  4. May 24, 2019 at 7:58 PM
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    A little off subject. But Todd @TJ_abuser . This too shall pass. Just a minor bump in the road right now. Stay focused on the positive. Probably a level gravel free paved driveway in your future. A garage would be awesome....Just saying dude. Life is strange.....
     
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  5. May 24, 2019 at 11:23 PM
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    Thanks bob
     
  6. May 28, 2019 at 7:04 PM
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  7. Jun 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM
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    I initially replaced the steering dampner with a more stout aftermarket product which reduced my 2007 ck DW but some remains although its not as severe as before. I like the pict of the TB bolt - an issue I long suspected : being sae bolt hole with metric bolt from factory. But mine is spec tight as are all components fasteners. Still some dw at times esp highway elevations and drops.
     
  8. Jul 7, 2019 at 9:08 PM
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    I have had the death wobble in 2 jeeps. I find (the hardest to repair of course) that it is always a broken ball joint or worn out ball joint...IF..the obvious is checked and good. Like tie rods, tire balance, wheel hubs.
     
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  9. Jul 8, 2019 at 5:36 PM
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    Ok. Thanks gents for all the comments. Tires are in good balance (spin) as in most all shops today; Ive considered the front shocks but typically when shocks go bad the ride suffers dramatically and thats not DW; everything front end components are tight! Im not sure the PS on a 2007 Wrangler is electronically assisted; Anyone know for certain? Ive been under this jeep many times looking for loose components and found none. Thats why I tried three different shops.
    Still looking. Keep suggestions coming. Something is bound to work. Thanks again.
     
  10. Jul 14, 2019 at 1:36 PM
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    Hi again, I have been on several forums for jeeps dancar. My hobby is "Tinkering". To qualify myself would sound like bragging. Think about this? My Honda CR-V had 6,000 miles on it when I bought it. It was in the Sandy Hurricane flood. I drive it today. The problem with a used (even worse,well used) vehicle is everything wears. As a mechanic, multiple problems can mimic each other or exacerbate the symptom. On your jeep I would start at the cheapest/free inspection.
    1. Are my tires balanced-do you have "Slime" in them-do you have a separation in the carcass?
    2. Wheel hub play, how much?
    3. Track bar play, how much?
    4. Steering damper, where is the soft spot?
    5. Control arm bushings, worn or worn out?
    6. Alignment is Toe-in only, but have you bashed the axle so hard that you wacked the camber or castor out of spec?
    7. Tie rod ends, how much play?
    8. Drag link end, how much play?
    9. Steering box pitman arm output shaft play, how much?
    10. Ball joints, how did you check them, very weak part on a jeep!

    Add up the slop in a well used jeep front end and you have oscillation's of varying degrees of intensity that eventually you experience as the "death wobble". I have seen these front ends just worn severely and some just worn out. I've heard, "I drove it to the grocery store, it drives OK". However that is why death wobble happens at certain speeds. The oscillation from one broken front end component--or-- the COMBINED oscillation's of many badly worn components manifest themselves.
     
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