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Old 02-15-2013, 01:42 PM   #1
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had a scare last night

Late last night I was on my way home from work and when I turned into my neighborhood my Jeep decided it wanted to keep turning. It shot off to the right and took me off of the road. I'm just lucky I did not hit anything. Could not turn the wheels left at all. Around 330 a.m. I finally had it towed to the dealership. They called me this morning and told me that it was a steering dampner or something like that that had come loose and binded. In the scheme of things I'm really lucky because I didn't hit anything else or anyone. If I had been traveling anywhere else and going any faster this could have really ended badly. There should be no reason that this part just came loose so I'm going to follow up with it and tell you guys what I find. Really dangerous situation and don't want it to happen to anyone else.

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Old 02-15-2013, 01:47 PM   #2
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had you wheeled it recently? possibly hit the front of the axle on a rock? my stock damper failed, luckily it was on a trail and not on a road! its still sitting on my floor, this was 3 months ago and i just now got around to getting a new one. yours didnt "come loose" unless the bolts werent torqued.

when you get it home take a look at the front of your axle, there is another shock on the front underside running horizontally. mine took one too many hits and guess what, no right turn. for the record, if this happens in the future you can remove it on the side of the road and drive home.

save yourself from this happening again (if i am assuming correctly) and get a RE stabilizer, comes with the relocation bracket that moves it to a much more protected spot. its like $60 tops for the whole thing

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Old 02-15-2013, 01:50 PM   #3
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Not to make light of your post, but as I started to read it, I thought you were going to say something like:

My Jeep turned off the road and forced me to take a 3 day trip in the back country, and it refused to drive on anything paved.
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Not to make light of your post, but as I started to read it, I thought you were going to say something like:

My Jeep turned off the road and forced me to take a 3 day trip in the back country, and it refused to drive on anything paved.
when jeeps become sentient we are all in trouble.
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Old 02-15-2013, 01:56 PM   #5
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Lucky you weren't going fast. I've had a tie rod let loose in a Mercury, and a brake drum separate in a Mustang. Luckily, both at under 10mph. Kinda scary when things turn left or right when you don't want them to. The steering wheel in the 'stang spun so fast it dislocated a thumb!
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Damn.. that's pretty scary. I would have been freaking out. Hopefully everything gets settled man.
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:00 PM   #7
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Lucky you weren't going fast. I've had a tie rod let loose in a Mercury, and a brake drum separate in a Mustang. Luckily, both at under 10mph. Kinda scary when things turn left or right when you don't want them to. The steering wheel in the 'stang spun so fast it dislocated a thumb!
what about when things dont turn when they are supposed to? my old 94 f150 on 35's had a habit of dying when idling, never good when you are blasting music and dont realize this 90* turn you are about to make at 25 is without power steering or power brakes!
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Not to make light of your post, but as I started to read it, I thought you were going to say something like:

My Jeep turned off the road and forced me to take a 3 day trip in the back country, and it refused to drive on anything paved.
Honestly that would have been cool!
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had you wheeled it recently? possibly hit the front of the axle on a rock? my stock damper failed, luckily it was on a trail and not on a road! its still sitting on my floor, this was 3 months ago and i just now got around to getting a new one. yours didnt "come loose" unless the bolts werent torqued.

when you get it home take a look at the front of your axle, there is another shock on the front underside running horizontally. mine took one too many hits and guess what, no right turn. for the record, if this happens in the future you can remove it on the side of the road and drive home.

save yourself from this happening again (if i am assuming correctly) and get a RE stabilizer, comes with the relocation bracket that moves it to a much more protected spot. its like $60 tops for the whole thing
No. Jeep only has 10k on it and it's driven slowly on a military post 90% of the time. Stability control was messed with the other day and it was aligned.
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:10 PM   #10
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No. Jeep only has 10k on it and it's driven slowly on a military post 90% of the time. Stability control was messed with the other day and it was aligned.
somebody didnt do their job right, I would put money on it. they dont just "fall off"
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somebody didnt do their job right, I would put money on it. they dont just "fall off"
That's what I think but what would they have been messing with to cause that?
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:29 PM   #12
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That's what I think but what would they have been messing with to cause that?
I really havn't a clue, not sure why they would remove the damper, but if the repair cost is more than $150 I would seriously start to ask questions. Luckily for you, you seem to have damaged the cheapest part to replace on your entire jeep!
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I really havn't a clue, not sure why they would remove the damper, but if the repair cost is more than $150 I would seriously start to ask questions. Luckily for you, you seem to have damaged the cheapest part to replace on your entire jeep!
Warranty
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touche good sir!
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Glad you avoided hitting anything. Warranty would have been an arguing point if you had body damage to cover also.

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