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Old 12-20-2011, 09:34 PM   #1
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I had to limp home...help?

1998 Tj Full traction 4 inch short arm 33 inch toyos. So driving today I started to get death wobble between 30-40mph then it would go away. After going to the store I was on my way home and once I went over 15-20mph I had severe death wobble. I had to use my hazard lights and limp home... Driving on my street (almost home) there was clunks and other noises when i was going slow an didn't have DW. So I got home and took a look underneath and it appears as if the passenger wheel is angled in at the top and the driver side wheel is pointed out left a little bit as if the wheel was turning left. Just by stepping back and taking a look at it, it definitely looks messed up. Nothing seems straight to me on the front end. Now my problem is finding the source of the problem... The passenger side unjoint as a tiny bit of play but doesn't seem like it would cause this much of an issue because it has had minimal play in it for about 2-3 weeks now and the play has not gotten worse. What else should I check tie rod, drag link, pitman arm, steering stabilizer all seem tight my bushings in my control arms up front and in back are wearing out but have been wearing out for almost 2 months. I tried taking pictures to show you all but none came out that good on my phone and it is kinda hard to see but looks worse in person. ( doesn't help the sun was going down at the time) I'll try for pic Tommorow but until then any info for me?

Should I start with replacing the u joint? Sorry if things I said are confusing but to sum it up the front end looks like s***.

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Old 12-20-2011, 09:36 PM   #2
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I will try for better pictures tommorow.

Any info will help.
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:48 PM   #3
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i had this same problem one time, turns out the track bar bolt had come loose and fallen out somewhere. but it looks like the passengers side wheel is completely out of whack, maybe too much toe-out. have you had it aligned recently by a shop that knows how to align lifted vehicles?
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:44 PM   #4
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i had this same problem one time, turns out the track bar bolt had come loose and fallen out somewhere. but it looks like the passengers side wheel is completely out of whack, maybe too much toe-out. have you had it aligned recently by a shop that knows how to align lifted vehicles?
Yeah it's is whack hahaha I have not recently aligned it but the alignment has been a little off for a while. Its to the point where I have to tow it where ever I go with it. I would like to fix it myself... I'll check the trackbar bolt
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:52 PM   #5
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that looks more like unit bearing or ball joints, try jacking it up and putting a bar under the tire and lifting up and see if anything moves..
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Unit bearings. Pull the tire and rotor and I bet you'll see some separation at the hub bearing.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:54 PM   #7
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Well stupid me didn't check but I snapped two lug nut studs an didn't notice until today when I went to take off the wheel I have a feeling there is another underlying issue.

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