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Old 08-23-2014, 05:41 PM   #1
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Drivers side rear wheel wobbly

hey fellow jeepers I could really use your help.

my dad noticed that my jeeps rear drivers side wheel was wobbling while I was driving.

I tightened the lug nuts and installed the spare and it is still wobbly.

anyone have any idea on what it might be?

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Old 08-23-2014, 05:48 PM   #2
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hey fellow jeepers I could really use your help.

my dad noticed that my jeeps rear drivers side wheel was wobbling while I was driving.

I tightened the lug nuts and installed the spare and it is still wobbly.

anyone have any idea on what it might be?
Probably the hub assembly or ball joints, possibly both.
Hub is easy enough to check, just pull off your wheel and rotor, and see if there is any play in the hub. It should rotate, and do nothing else. If it wiggles even a tiny bit, replace it.
And here's about ball joints-
http://m.wikihow.com/Check-Ball-Joints

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Old 08-23-2014, 06:15 PM   #3
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Possible a bent rear axle. Try putting your rear up on jack stands with the tire off and run it to see if it spins true.
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Oh whoops, completely ignore what I said about ball joints, I missed that it was the rear end
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Old 08-23-2014, 11:45 PM   #5
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Is it possible the bolts holding the axle in place are loose?
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Old 08-24-2014, 06:19 AM   #6
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Just to make sure it is not an illusion, do you have any vibration? If it was wobbly you'd feel it.
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Old 08-24-2014, 06:24 AM   #7
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There are no bolts holding the rear axle in place, the axle shaft is held in with a c-clip, you need to lift the rear of the jeep, put it on a jack stand or use a floor jack (for safety) and spin the tire in question, if you see it move side to side as it turns it's most likely a bent axle shaft. This is easy to fix, a new shaft is not expensive, a new axle bearing, seal and you get to change the oil in the diff, take advantage of the opportunity and upgrade to alloy shafts, a nice upgrade.
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Old 08-24-2014, 07:44 AM   #8
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This is a long shot...
Do you have aftermarket rims on your Jeep?
Jeep put clips on the wheel studs to stop the brake drums falling off in the factory.
The clips remain on the wheel studs because OEM Jeep rims have a cut-out to allow for them.
Aftermarket rims may not have the cut-out and the if the clips are still on the rear wheel studs, the rim won't sit properly.

The clips caused my rear lug nuts to come loose when I switched to aftermarket rims.
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There are no bolts holding the rear axle in place, the axle shaft is held in with a c-clip,
Depends if you've got a 35 or a 44.
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With his username being 03WranglerRubicon, his rear D44 axle shafts are held in place with retainer plates, no c-clips.
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I guessing bent axle shaft.
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I guessing bent axle shaft.
yup, that would be my guess as well.
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yup, that would be my guess as well.
Had it happen to me a few months back. Went with some prebuilts from factory 10. Chromoly. Love em. 10 year warrant.
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Thanks for redeeming my honour cedarswamp and Tjdave.
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Thanks for all the help. How hard would this be to do myself? I installed my 4" Currie suspension lift myself along with the bumpers.

Also what are the consequences of driving another 100-200 miles on the road with this condition?
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A new axle shaft will require a new bearing pressed on, and a new seal.
You mentioned it was only noticeable when your Dad was following you. As long as you can't feel it inside the Jeep, you don't hear anything back there (bearings), or you are not leaking fluid past the seal, I would keep driving it.
But mines not a DD either.
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Also what are the consequences of driving another 100-200 miles on the road with this condition?
Answer the below please before you tear into the axle.

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Just to make sure it is not an illusion, do you have any vibration? If it was wobbly you'd feel it.
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The only vibration I feel is on the highway when I reach 70+. It's a small vibration coming out of the rear..... I think it is that. I am going to pull the tire, caliper, and roter off to see if it is the axle shaft before I tear it all apart.

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