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Old 09-01-2010, 02:46 AM   #1
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Jeep Shake not "Death Wobble"

Im going 60mph down the highway, hit the brakes to slow down or stop wheel shakes a bit. not violently but enough to be annoying. I know its not the "death wobble". Im replacing the pads this weekend. Any suggestions on the shake?

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Old 09-01-2010, 08:17 AM   #2
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Check for uneven or unusual wear pattern in the tread or possible bulge in the tire. Just had similar issue with my car and found out had a broken belt in tire, thus causing a bulge.

If not that, then double check u-joints in Drive Shafts (front & rear) and front axles.
You'll want to do visiual check and manual check by graabbing u-joint to see if excessive play in it.

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Old 09-01-2010, 08:23 AM   #3
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If it happens while braking, its probably warped rotors. Just have them turned, or machined down a little to make the contact surface even. If the rotors have a good thickness, then they wont need to be replaced. My local mechanic has a rotor lathe and will take care of that for me when the problem arises.
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Old 09-01-2010, 09:35 AM   #4

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Bent Rim? Unbalanced tire?
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Old 09-01-2010, 10:44 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by jeepjones
Bent Rim? Unbalanced tire?
Then it will shake all the time. Most likely warped rotors.
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Old 09-01-2010, 06:48 PM   #6
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Warped rotors is the most likely cause.
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Old 09-01-2010, 06:55 PM   #7
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I have had a similar problem with my ZJ. An easy way to tell, take the rotors off, and lay them on a flat surface and see if its flat, if its not then you know its your rotors. I wouldnt have the rotors machiened down....just get all new ones to be safe!
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Old 09-04-2010, 05:19 PM   #8
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Warped rotors sounds like the culprit here. And as a couple people have said, don't bother with having them milled down. The milling doesn't always work, and brakes are one of the few things that its probably not worth saving $5.00 on. I prefer not to HAVE to downshift and/or use the emergency brake to stop. Replace the pads at the same time if they look worn. I priced this out at Advanced Auto the other day, and for the "premium" brakes, I think I was looking at about $70 for the front end brakes... you could get lower quality brakes for less, but I tend to be hard on the brakes with Florida drivers doing stupid things in front of me. I'm not a Floridian, I just live here temporarily

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