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Old 01-24-2009, 08:17 AM   #1
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Death Wobble ??

I have owned a 93 wrangler for a year now. I have replaced the Oil pump, water pump, distributor, and plugs and wires.My shade tree experiance is a bush so please excuse my ignorence.
from what i read the death wobble happens to both tires? My front right tire is eating away while the front left appears to be ok. I get a good shimmy at 57 mph.
I took it to a shop and was told a steering strut and new shocks would do the job. They wanted $327 to do the job. how hard of a job is it as i see the cost of parts is low. Is there some little problem in removal or replacement that i dont see? Like i said my shade tree mechanic ability is small. thanks

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Replacing the shocks is not really a hard job. May need skinny hands for the upper bolts though. Just make sure you use jack stands and chuck the back wheels. If there is a lift on your Jeep, make sure you get the proper length shocks. While you are under there, you may want to check your bump stops and see if they are cracked or worn. If so replace them also as they are not very expensive and an easy bolt/unbolt solution. I too am not a great mechanic and have found the Hayes Service Manual very helpful so far. You can pick them up at pretty much any auto parts store.

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Ok let me start by telling you that its not Death Wobble. It cant be. Crawl under your jeep and make you sure you have all you trac bars and your sway bar. They being lose or not there could cause some of your problem. But I would change the shocks and steering stablizer yourself. Its as simple as taking off bolts, taking off old shocks, putting new ones in place and installing the two bolts per shock.

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death wobble is not much of an issue on yj's. the steering stabilizer tends to get seized in the link, can be a pain to get out. 327 is a fair price for a shop to do the work (my shop is now over $100/hr), and thats close to 2 hrs plus parts. shimmy at that speed sounds like tire balance, and what do you mean about one tire eating away? is it wearing funny? that is usually alignment, and they are cheap to get done at a shop, usually around 60 bux if you shop.

oh yeah, bump stops aren't really needed on yj's, they rust off and are usually all gone, no need to replace.
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If you just get a shimmy that's not death wobble.. if it feels like your going to die... that is death wobble. Almost as if the front axle going to pull out from under the jeep. Check the items they mentioned above and save some coin and do the install on your own. Also presoak the bolts for a day or so.. PB blaster works really well.
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Old 01-25-2009, 01:57 PM   #6
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thanks , i will
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Old 01-25-2009, 09:17 PM   #7
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Steering dampener replacement

I tried replacing the steering dampener. The nut and bolt were easy, but I couldn't get the stud end out of the tie rod, it was really seized. I was going to try to remove it with a pitman arm puller, but local garage did it for $27 with my part. It is easy on a hoist, but not so easy on the ground.
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Well the shock replacement will be that easy to. The only difference is that the shocks go up and down instead of side to side.
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Yeah like they said soak them for a while and if you got muscle it should only be a about 45mins to an hour or atleast thats all the longer it took me to do a rusted bolt for my bump stops just sprayed it went to lunch came back and they came off real easy

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