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Old 07-13-2011, 11:40 AM   #1
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Death Wobble, serious help.

I know this topic has been discussed a million times on the forum before. I'm a long time creeper on the boards but never registered. I registered finally because i've been plagued with the infamous death wobble, but somehow this is unlike whats been dealt with before.

This is my second Jeep. I've had my 2005 jeep wrangler X for 6 years, bought it new, and it has 27,000 miles on it. It's spent a majority of its life on paved roads and not much off roading. With the exception of a few aesthetic parts, its all stock, never been lifted. I rotate it's tires, balance it, do the minor maintained as often as i need to. All that being said, The Jeep is now trying to kill itself.

The death wobble acts exsactly as its been described here in the past. A violent and terrifying shake that starts up around 50mph. It started happening to me about 3 months ago, somewhat subtle at first, it only happened when i hit the brakes going 50mph. I read up on the boards here that a simple rotation and balancing of the tires can often be a fix. I took it to a local shop to do that and when i got it back, not only was the rattle still there, but it was 500x worse. It doesnt feel like its coming from one part of the car, its just the whole thing going to town at 50mph.

I've had it in the shop for 4 weeks. I've gotten new tires, the rims have been trued. My engine is seated properly, my tie rods are like new, all the moving parts under the car arn't showing any sign of decay or being loose. I replaced my steering box and tore apart my front end.

what options can i explore next?

I know this has been posted before, but im desperate and looking for help. I work about 30 miles outside of boston, and its my only way to get to work. It's also like a family member to me; it pains me to have see it not working.

I will appreciate any words of wisdom, and thank you in advance.

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Old 07-13-2011, 01:31 PM   #2
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You will find all the info about DW in this thread

It explains how to diagnose it, root causes, and how to fix it.

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Old 07-13-2011, 02:26 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by jannikt View Post
You will find all the info about DW in this thread

It explains how to diagnose it, root causes, and how to fix it.
thank you, i dont know how i missed this. Hopefully i'll find my answer.
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