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Old 08-30-2011, 12:30 AM   #1
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What is the "death wable"?

I reacently bought a 2008 jeep wrangler sahara and Ive noticed every so often doing around 55 it starts bounceing or "wableing" would this be concedered the "death wable". Also can this do any damage if it is not fixed right away, If it dose not do it all the time?

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Old 08-30-2011, 01:19 AM   #2
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If it IS death wobble, then yes, it will damage parts if it's not fixed.

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You will know if you have the DW because you will 1) Poop yourself 2) Probably drive off the road 3) Try to get it fixed asap.
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Old 08-30-2011, 01:36 AM   #4
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Is there anything else that would cause the front end to vibrate or "wable"? I have had my jeep all of two weeks so i really dont know much about it yet..and thank you for your help
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Also would it b a constant thing or would it only at a certan mph?
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Old 08-30-2011, 07:41 AM   #6
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Is there anything else that would cause the front end to vibrate or "wable"? I have had my jeep all of two weeks so i really dont know much about it yet..and thank you for your help
Tires that are out of balance can cause the front to vibrate. Read this:

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/dia...les-78034.html
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:44 PM   #7
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Thanks guys for ur help
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Also, tires that are cupped will cause it. Bad ball joints or bent tie rod can contribute to a "shimmy", as well as wheels out of alignment. All of these along with the aforementioned tire balancing can contribute to a "shimmy". Interestingly enough my son's '05 TJ recently suffered from this shimmy at around 50mph. Sometimes it didn't shake, but most times it did. He had all these problems. A bad pair of ball joints on the drivers side wheel (lower ball joint actually bent and had to be cut off), the tie rod was bent, new installed tires (off his S-10) weren't balanced properly, and the passenger side front sway bar link was broken. Fixed the sway bar link and rebalanced the tires. Helped but still shook. Replaced the tie rod with a ZJ conversion. Helped some more. The repair shop noticed that the tires were cupped, so we tried rotating them, but that didn't help. We took the tires from my TJ and swapped to his...shimmy was gone. So he bought a new set of BFGs and all was good. Almost, the repair shop also noted the problem with the lower ball joint, so he had to have the drivers side ball joints replaced and the front end aligned. Drives great now. No shakes or shimmies no more.
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Old 09-03-2011, 10:17 PM   #9
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Im pritty sure i have dw. i was driveing doin about 50-55 and felt like i was doing 50 over speed bumps a truely holy sh$& moment slowed it down to under 40 and it stoped. So gunna take it back to dealer and see what they are gunna do...
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Old 09-03-2011, 10:24 PM   #10
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heres some videos of what a dw looks like

Death Wobble Videos...
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Old 09-03-2011, 11:21 PM   #11
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Thanks that helped. Thats what it looked like inside. And its happening more often when im doing 50 and better on bumpy roads, and it slowly starts then gets worse nd once i slighly pres breaks nd bring it down it goes away.
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Old 09-19-2011, 12:08 AM   #12
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Turned out to b the steering dampender, also when i got the jeep the dealer put way to much tire pressure in and tha also cotrbuted to the "bounce"

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