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Old 01-07-2013, 05:02 AM   #751
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Yes. Just get it up to highway speed a few times and hit bumps at different speeds.

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Old 01-07-2013, 09:33 AM   #752
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DW can be intermittent but try driving it steady at 45/50/55/60/65 and feel for any vibes that aren't at other speeds. Mine, which may not have been a steering issue, disappeared, but only happened at 54-56mph. It would happen every time I drove at that speed for more than a few seconds.

Check the front steering for any play, you may need a buddy to tilt the wheel back and forth to look yourself.

Also, if it's lifted, look for odd steering angles. I'll post a picture later of what a Budget Boost did to my pitman arm's bushing to give you an idea.

Sure the other fellas here have more suggestions as well.

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Old 01-07-2013, 06:30 PM   #753
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This is a picture of that steep angle on my pitman arm... not disastrous but I would be weary of any bushings/angles that look like this. Haha.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:36 PM   #754
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This is a picture of that steep angle on my pitman arm... not disastrous but I would be weary of any bushings/angles that look like this. Haha.
Loosen the sleeve and turn it some...
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:55 PM   #755
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Ahh! hahahaha! Why didn't I think of that!? So simple. ...yet my mind proves to be more simple. =]

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Ahh! hahahaha! Why didn't I think of that!? So simple. ...yet my mind proves to be more simple. =]

Thanks 99!
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:08 PM   #757
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front u-joint needs replacing, that solved mine
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:49 PM   #758
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u joint messed with mine aswell
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:34 PM   #759
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Had DW in my 06, balanced the tires and it went away....for a while...
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:09 PM   #760
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Cupping and Death Wobble

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I have to agree with the other response to this post. How is it "FIXED" if it still does the same thing every 3 or 4 weeks?

I will restate what I have written about out of balance and cupped tires with a new twist:

Out of balance and cupped tires AND alignment (including toe adjustment) DO NOT CAUSE DEATH WOBBLE! Read that about 5 more times.

The above conditions simply pull the trigger for DW to fire.

If your steering and suspension components are in good operating condition...
YOU WILL NOT HAVE DEATH WOBBLE. NEVER!
I had the DEATH WOBBLE repaired in June after arguing with a couple of Chrysler Service Centers that it existed. Well.....it was never really fixed. I still have it.
I went to a dealer in Morristown,NJ and they said the wobble was from my tires being cupped so I left because I've only had the tires for 2 years.

I contacted Chrysler a few weeks ago and now they are recognizing that the death wobble even exists. So I took it to a dealer in Asbury Park.....now this dealer is claiming the death wobble happens because the tire pressure was low!!
If you have EVER experienced the TRUE DEATH WOBBLE there is no way tire pressure could cause it!!!!

Anyone have suggestions as to getting this fixed finally??
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I had the DEATH WOBBLE repaired in June after arguing with a couple of Chrysler Service Centers that it existed. Well.....it was never really fixed. I still have it.
I went to a dealer in Morristown,NJ and they said the wobble was from my tires being cupped so I left because I've only had the tires for 2 years.

I contacted Chrysler a few weeks ago and now they are recognizing that the death wobble even exists. So I took it to a dealer in Asbury Park.....now this dealer is claiming the death wobble happens because the tire pressure was low!!
If you have EVER experienced the TRUE DEATH WOBBLE there is no way tire pressure could cause it!!!!

Anyone have suggestions as to getting this fixed finally??
Do the dry steering test to see if any of your tie rod ends or bushings are bad...

Here's a video
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:08 PM   #762
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Sweet Info! Thanks.
When I first test drove my jeep, it had death wobble once I hit 55mph, but I put on some new tires (which was despratly needed) and it hasn't happend since. But this is great!
Again, Thanks!
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:09 PM   #763
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Try getting an alignment, or maybe getting your wheels balanced.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:31 PM   #764
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Hopefully that'll take care of mine. It started back just a little. Ive got a new set of wheels and some trail grapplers that are going on sometime next week.

...only kinda... a lot... impatiently waiting for them to be delivered!
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:18 PM   #765
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I recommend running both front tires against a curb tight and setting the parking brake. Have someone turn the steering wheel to load and unload the system while you look under for any movement or play that shouldn't be there. check alignment as a towed in vehicle will store energy and will release energy on a bump or pothole and get things started.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:17 AM   #766
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At first glance, i read that as drive it into a curb, screaming... haha.
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Funny, there were times I felt that way while trying to figure it all out!
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Well after lifting the TJ and installing 35" I destroyed the factory balljoints in less than a week and had a terrible death wobble. Recently a buddy installed new Synergy joints and new u joints in the front end and no wobble left. I still don't even have a steering stabilizer so things are looking promising!
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Had that for a while but new tires fixed it!
same here, mine were in really bad shape
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:51 PM   #770
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Funny, there were times I felt that way while trying to figure it all out!
Mee tooo. Luckily ive got my trail grapplers in, so next week I'll find out if tires fixes the problem.
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Just got a jeep this summer went by, learning quite abit my 01 jeep tj... Never heard of a death wobble before. Decided to YouTube the issue... Holy $hit. Not cool. Here's an article about Chrysler finally owning up abit on this matter but still deflecting back at the consumer. Its from last August 2012 but an interesting read.

Chrysler acknowledges Jeep "death wobble" in technical service bulletin | abc7news.com
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Finally fixed mine this weekend. Turned out to be a few different things that led to my DW. First I replaced all of the steering, then got an alignment, tightened my steering gear box and finally put new poly bushings on all of the lower control arms. Drives down the road like new now.

Oh and just a side note for the control arms....the PO put a rough country lift on it. Those were the biggest pain in the a$$ to get out (the bushings). Had to cut a section in the rubber and the chisel out the outer metal sleeve to get them out.....there was no chance in hell that they were gonna be easy and just press out.
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Well after lifting the TJ and installing 35" I destroyed the factory balljoints in less than a week and had a terrible death wobble. Recently a buddy installed new Synergy joints and new u joints in the front end and no wobble left. I still don't even have a steering stabilizer so things are looking promising!
Well I spoke to soon, so after putting on new tires and wheels, alignment, all new ball joints, adjustable track bar, brakes, u joints in the front end, adjustable control arms, ect I do still have deathe wobble. Seems to start with a slight vibration at about 40 and slowly turns into a death wobble again until I somehow slow down to under 5 mph...Any other tips? I am at a loss and getting frustrated now.
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Well I spoke to soon, so after putting on new tires and wheels, alignment, all new ball joints, adjustable track bar, brakes, u joints in the front end, adjustable control arms, ect I do still have deathe wobble. Seems to start with a slight vibration at about 40 and slowly turns into a death wobble again until I somehow slow down to under 5 mph...Any other tips? I am at a loss and getting frustrated now.
Have you checked the play in your steering box? Mine had a little bit of play in it so I tightened it up a bit @ the adjuster nut and it helped mine. Maybe since the onset of yours is so gradual that could be a culprit. Plus the only other thing that you haven't replaced already are the bearings.
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I actually have not checked that yet...Will have to look into that Tuesday. Thanks for the tip
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:14 PM   #776
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What about wheels? Bent rim, dirt build up, lost wheel weight?
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Put on a new set of 33 trail grapplers and some new to me rims and haven't experienced it yet. Feeling kinda lucky though. Will probably start back up tomorrow. Haha.
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good info
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I got the DW after installing a Rancho Stablizer.
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I got the DW after installing a Rancho Stablizer.
That means you had DW and your other damper merely hid the DW from you. A damper or lack thereof will not cause DW.

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