OK - I've been trying to narrow down this problem for a while as it makes the car not safe to drive. What I'm talking about is the death wobble. I've done my research and now I'm looking for some answers. Here are the symptoms and mods done to my Jeep.
-4 inch lift (body and suspension lift)
-33 inch tires
- only the right wheel experiences the wobble, only when I hit a pothole or a speed bump
-i think the right wheel may need a re-balance as I found some stick on wheel weights on the ground after I pulled out of the car wash
-the biggest thing is that I hear a clunk when I turn the wheels in any direction
-I find myself tightening the track bar about every month (I had a buddy turn the wheel back and forth with me under the car trying to diagnose the problem)
-the biggest clue is that I am able to "turn" the steering components of the Jeep with my hand.
Please see video!
When I turn the tie rod, the outer tie rods, pitman rod arm (not sure if this is what it's called) and the tie rod connecting the long tie rods (Jeez, please excuse my ignorance) all MOVE around and making a clunking sound.
This doesn't sound normal. Should I replace all these components or should they be moving like this?
I experience something that sounds like it could be the same issue, or at least related. I have a 2000 sport 4.0 with 32x11.5 tires. The only time I have experienced it is when travelling at 55mph or more and hitting a bump. The one bump that will consistently induce the 'wobble' is slightly angled across the road =/ (if the equals sign is the road, traveling left to right, the slash is about the same angle as the bump that causes the wobble or vibration or whatever). The strangest part is that when I slow to about 30mph it goes away and stays away even after re-accelerating to 55. EDIT: I think mine seems to originate from the front driver's side wheel, not sure though.
I am not much of a mechanic, so I was about ready to just take it in to the dealer, as the wobble/vibration is violent enough to be pretty scary and is just barely controllable. Figured I would post on here first and see if anybody has any ideas for DIY repairs (if its much beyond simple its still going to the shop though as I tend to be the guy that goes 2 steps forward and 3 steps back on DIY repairs).
your tie rod ends seem fine. Next thing to check is your hubs, jack the front end of the jeep up and grab each tire from top to bottom and check for vertical play in the tires bearing. Check you ball joints to. Most likely your to toed in, or you need to balance your front to tires. Is it only when you hit a bump or does it also shimmy at a certain speed? How much lift do you have on suspension and what track bar are you running? Do you have a drop pitman?
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I'm with the guy that said check hubs. My buddy has a big lifted dodge ram and when they go out and you do just the right thing to set it off you can sit and watch the wheel go nuts while your driving. The only thing holding it in is the brake components! Sort of scary when you got a ton and a half of rock in the bed!
2000 Jeep Wrangler Sport
4.0L / 5spd