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Old 05-11-2009, 06:37 PM   #1
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I had my first experience with the infamous death wobble. I took in in and the folks said that the shock on the steering stabilizer was bad. His suggestion was replace the little shock do-hicky piece and the stabalizer bar (or something to that effect - you can tell that I am technically challenged and mechanically un-inclined!). He said that this should rectify the problem.

Does this sound like a common cause of the DW

question 2? does this occur more frequently in jeeps with lifts? I guess I could see where the power of gravity and a 2 inch lift could put more stress on this area? Am I right? or no

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Old 05-11-2009, 06:44 PM   #2
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More often than not "death wobble" is due to a loose track bar. Its never the steering stabilizer.

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All a Steering Stabilizer does is mask the underlying problem. Odds are the trac-bar isn't tight or your tires are extremely out of balance. Go over all the bolts in the front end with a wrench and make sure everything "is" tight and not just "looks" tight.
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More often than not "death wobble" is due to a loose track bar. Its never the steering stabilizer.

maybe im using the wrong terminology? He showed me that its the bar that runs horizontally and has like an accordian black plastic cover on part of it where i think he mentioned was the location of the shock?
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maybe im using the wrong terminology? He showed me that its the bar that runs horizontally and has like an accordian black plastic cover on part of it where i think he mentioned was the location of the shock?
No you are right in what you are calling it. However as pointed out that is NEVER the cause of Death Wobble, it just masks it. If you just put a new stabilizer on there it will go away for a little bit until whatever is the true cause gets worse and shows up again.
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Old 05-11-2009, 06:52 PM   #6
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maybe im using the wrong terminology? He showed me that its the bar that runs horizontally and has like an accordian black plastic cover on part of it where i think he mentioned was the location of the shock?
That would be the tie rod. The track bar goes from the frame to the axle parallel to the axle and just in front of it. But as Jack said go through and re torque everything.
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Old 05-11-2009, 06:53 PM   #7
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No you are right in what you are calling it. However as pointed out that is NEVER the cause of Death Wobble, it just masks it. If you just put a new stabilizer on there it will go away for a little bit until whatever is the true cause gets worse and shows up again.
So was it not neccasary to go to this special truck shop to buy the shock to replace the one that is supposedly bad? The guy at the counter knew exaclty what the death wooble was and he said that i was buying the right part and that the bar piece would be in tomorrow. Not that it matters, but places like pepboys and similar didnt carry the part i needed.

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