Driving my 2001 wrangler is like driving a hovercraft, or I m on ice especially when itís windy. Itís not really noticeable until I get over 50mph. I have taken it to the same mechanic 5 times now. The first time I was told it was a bad front shock so they replaced the front 2 shocks for almost $600, it felt a little better but still felt dangerous on the HWY. I was told to get the wheels re- aligned. I did that at sears for around $80 I think. It still felt loose so I took it back to the mechanics and was told it was the gearbox that needed to be tightened. That did nothing. I brought it back for the 3rd time and was told my rear shock was bad so they replaced the back 2 shocks for only $300 this time. The first 2-3 days it actually felt fixed, then I was right back to where I started minus a $1,000. I thought maybe one of the shocks went bad since it felt fixed at first so I took it back thinking he would replace it for free. I told him I did not want to pay for anything else if it wasnít one of the shocks. Magically it felt fine to him when he drove it, and it took him 2 days to tell me this! My jeep is the only source of transportation I have. I have to drive it on the HWY every day to get to work so I have to get this fixed. I do not have a lot of auto mechanic experience so any insight would be greatly appreciated. Ė Thanks
Trust me I know, he just did without asking me even if I wanted to replace them or giving me an estimate on the cost. I am not sure about the sway bar? I have'nt had any modifications done to it so it all stock.
Im not gonna add insult to injury by commenting on the labor price. I would say look at sway bar bushings and invest in a good repair manual. Jeeps require work over time, its in their nature, and I've found that if I can read it then I can do it myself and its saved me thousands.
I always advise new jeep owners to spend their first dollars on tools and a good manual. Jeeps are not hard to work on and so many small jobs can be done with a little bit of advice and a bunch if desire. Also look for a local jeep club and ride along on some trails and gain some knowledge.
X2 on the sway bar connects and bushings.
You could completely remove the steering dampener and not feel any difference in how it steers. Steering stability isn't really its function, it has just become known by that term which is really incorrect for what it does. Its real name is steering dampener and its job is to absorb (it is nothing more than a hydraulic shock absorber) the bumps and jolts the steering system can be expected to see on the road.
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