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Old 05-16-2013, 05:45 PM   #1
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Random Shimmy

Ok so i own a 97 wrangler sport, ive found it has a shimmy, but only some times. Some days, ill drive it and it likes to shake a little bit (small shimmy in the wheel) at around 55 and up, but if i slow down or stop it will sometimes go away and sometimes it just goes away on its own, and it isn't always the same intensity of shake... And it has always shook pretty good at higher speeds like 70-80. The fact that it goes away sometimes leaves me baffled. Any ideas? Oh and I've checked the track bar and steering up front (where the shimmy seems to come from).

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Old 05-16-2013, 06:18 PM   #2
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I had about the same thing, I think. Got the wheels balanced and changed the left outer tie rod end (it was hosed) and the Jeep's road manners improved dramatically.

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Old 05-16-2013, 06:20 PM   #3
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I had about the same thing, I think. Got the wheels balanced and changed the left outer tie rod end (it was hosed) and the Jeep's road manners improved dramatically.
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Sounds like tire balance.
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:05 PM   #4
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Ok thanks! Ill look into getting that done!
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:34 PM   #5
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Mine was the steering damper. Not a problem since....
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:44 PM   #6
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Mine was the steering damper. Not a problem since....
A steering damper is never the cause of a shimmy, it only masks/suppresses the shimmy enough so it is no longer noticeable, or at least is less noticeable.

Speed sensitive shimmies are nearly always from a bad tire or imperfect tire balance.
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Old 06-01-2013, 04:30 PM   #7
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Yeah, ive replaced my steering dampener already, needed to be done, however ive found some parts of my rear suspension that are loose and im working on getting those fixed, hopefully that will end it

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