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Old 07-31-2010, 04:47 PM   #1
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Jeep problem needing an expert answer!!

This is more of an automotive question rather than specifically a jeep question, but I know many of you are automotive experts.

So i was driving my 98 jeep today and decided to take it on the highway for the first time (i've only had it for 3 weeks). I took the hwy on my way to a restaurant and it did fine with no vibration or anything. On the way back i hit a small bump and it sent the jeep into a raging fit... luckily i had a good grip on the steering wheel because it started jerking back and forth very aggresively; I mean bad, like the front wheels were missing lug nuts or something. I pulled to the side of the road and checked everything and it looked good and when i pulled off everything was fine again. I just checked the wheels and everything is good, lug nuts were as tight as can be, and even checked the brakes which were also good. The only thing i even consider is a wheel balance problem but i dont know if wheels being off balance could cause this big of a problem; and if it was a wheel balance problem it seems like i would have felt something before hitting the bump.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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This is called the death wobble and there is a sticky thread at the top of the TJ page that goes through all the things it may be. It is not too uncommon for Jeeps to have this. Lots of fixes.

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To answer your question, yes this could be caused by a bad balance, bad alignment, mud caked on a wheel, and any number of assorted suspension parts. I had my suspension checked out by a mechanic and everything was fine. Had an alignment and balance and that did not fix it. Replaced my tires and it went away. Start with the cheapest first. If you have checked that everything is tight, get it balanced.
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There is a sticky thread at the top of the TJ page
So to ask another dumb question, what is a sticky thread?
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So to ask another dumb question, what is a sticky thread?
It's a thread at the beginning of every forum. A thread that have info that everyone can benefit from.
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So to ask another dumb question, what is a sticky thread?
It is a thread that has been permanently "stuck" to the top of the list of threads in a particular section by a Moderator. It will say "Sticky:" next to the thread title. The one the OP is looking for is titled Death Wobble?

Here is a shortcut.
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/death-wobble-25090.html
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Old 07-31-2010, 06:30 PM   #7
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thanks everyone that helps alot its good to hear that im not the only one that's had this problem.
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Old 07-31-2010, 06:41 PM   #8
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link to Death wobble videos and info:

Death Wobble Videos...

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