u joint wobble dilemma - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Tech Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 01-05-2014, 10:01 PM   #1
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Alabama
Posts: 468
u joint wobble dilemma

So I replaced all my steering linkage and did an alignment on my 05 Rubicon and my death wobble went away. Both TREs were worn also the other ball was worn fairly bad. I replaced the front Trac bar a little less than a year ago and the death wobble went away but came back about 6 months later. This is why I replaced the steering linkage. Now it came back yesterday with a vengeance. So I don't want to destroy anything and I can't go over 30 mph. I do have to replace both front U joints. Could they be the cause of the DW or should I replace the track bar again? Also I will replace the tires as these might be the problem. I was thinking that if the U joints were so worn that they may or may not get forced to one direction by centrifical force and cause a vibration that will lead to death wobble. Also I have a tiny bit of wheel bearing play. When I say tiny bit it is a tiny bit, I am a mechanic, but do not know much about death wobble even though I continue to read about it. So I am down to replacing the Trac bar u joints wheel bearings and tires. Then in theory the only other culprit would be the ball joints right?

__________________
It's a Jeep thing
rubiconvict05 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-05-2014, 10:30 PM   #2
Moderator

WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
doclouie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: In the mountains.
Posts: 3,662
Images: 4
Balance the tires at a shop that balances over sized tires first. That will most likely take care of the problem if you have done all the other work in the past. #2 When you think you have fixed the problem go and remove the steering stabilizer and then see if you really took care of the problem. If it is fine with no steering stabilizer then yes you have fixed it so put it back on and just drive.

__________________
2000 Sahara, 3.5" Rubicon Express Lift, 1" spring spacer & 1" Body Lift, 33" or 35" BFG Mud tires, Front & Rear ARB, Rancho 9000 shocks, UCF Ultra High Belly Up

doclouie is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-05-2014, 11:00 PM   #3
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Alabama
Posts: 468
I don't use a steering stabilizer right now precisely for that reason. It was completely gone for a few days and now its back horribly bad. I would like to say even worse than before. I am thinking about replacing the controll arm bushings and bolts just for good measure.
__________________
It's a Jeep thing
rubiconvict05 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-06-2014, 08:30 AM   #4
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
Water Dog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Roseville, CA
Posts: 5,120
Images: 11
Axle u-joints shouldn't contribute to DW, but if they were really bad could cause all kinds of vibration issues. Irregardless, if they are bad, they need to be changed. Check your front ball joints for play, and as doclouie suggested, get your tires balanced first.
__________________
Dennis
Water Dog is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:00 PM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC