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Old 01-18-2013, 04:48 AM   #1
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girlfriend got an 05 tj recently..death wobble

Basically the jeep dosnt have a warranty cuz its over 7 years old but anyway was wondering if jeep will do anything if theres a recall or somthing for the wobble we were just on the highway doing 45 hit a bump and it was shaking like crazy. Not to the point of losing control but id say right before that had we been doing 50 55 she deffinatly woulda run off the road. If jeep doesnt do anything for it any recommendations as to what I should check to see about fixing it or replacing somthing?

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Old 01-18-2013, 05:52 AM   #2
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Check front track bar for loose mounting hardware and/or wear. Any play in steering components can add to and multiply the affect of DW and therefore should be replaced.

Could be tires as well.... have them balanced and rotated.

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Old 01-18-2013, 06:06 AM   #3
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unfortunately, there's no recall. Check your lug nuts,alignment and retightened the track bar (axle end) to 55 ft/lbs. Make sure to use a torque wrench and not your massive guns, they tend to snap.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:10 AM   #4
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Thanks guys ill bring it down to my friends shop later today. Chrysler is such a joke for not taking responsibility.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:51 AM   #5
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Dneff, any vehicle that has front control arms and a track bar over a live front axle can have death wobble. It's the owners responsibility to properly maintain their vehicles. Like the previous posters mentioned there are things you can check. I would start with rotating your tires front to rear, do it yourself and it costs nothing. The next step would be to slide under the jeep with a small pry bar or heavy duty screw driver and see if there is any play at any of the control arm bushing or at the track bar. And lastly have someone turn the steering wheel back and forth, just to the point of resistance with the key in the on position, engine off. Look at every steering joint and see if there is play. The wheels shouldn't be moving when this is done. Hope that helps and let us know when you find the problem.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:54 AM   #6
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Fair enough and I agree to an extent but thanks for the help guys ill post later today let u know the outcome
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:58 AM   #7
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Btw you should be in a ford F550 with a gvw of around 16k when death wobble starts up.... It's a lot of fun!
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:14 AM   #8
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Damn that sounds like fun. Thats nuts I couldn't believe how bad it was this morning tho only doing 45. But again a 16000 lbs vehicle versus a 5-6k damn that sounds dangerous.
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When you think you have fixed the problem remove the steering dampener and go over the same roads that caused the dw. Then you will know if you really did fix the problem or not.

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