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Old 04-12-2011, 08:41 PM   #1
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steering shake 2000 wrangler?

I noticed a few months ago when I would slow down to turn, my jeep would shake a little and the steering wheel would have a little play in it. I figured it was my tires but then the problem went away and I forgot all about it. Today after leaving work I noticed while getting on the on ramp while turning slight right the steering wheel would shake and the jeep would shimmy a bit. Its fine going straight, but even changing lanes it would shake a bit. After reading everything I checked it out when I got home. I grabbed the u joints, stabilizer, control arms, steering dampener etc.. Everything seems tight, no play. I had to have the sway bars replaced about 2.5 yrs ago. Its got 155,000 miles on it. Not sure what else to check for? Its a stock jeep. It was fine yesterday and now its acting up, the only difference was its raining today? Im confused. Any help would be great.

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Old 04-12-2011, 08:45 PM   #2
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oh yeah when i just was checking it out again i turned into the drive way, and then let go of the wheel, it kinda jerks back slowly to where the wheels would be straight. If you cant tell I dont know much about all this, but Im trying. Maybe something with the steering?

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Old 04-12-2011, 08:58 PM   #3
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Are your tires worn? It can cause a shake when they start to get to the bottom of the tread.
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:03 PM   #4
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I have 31" BFG AT plenty of tread left on them.
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Old 04-13-2011, 02:44 AM   #5
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Axle shaft u-joint. To check drivers side, jack it up and turn wheel fully to the right, rotate it by hand. If you notice free spinning then resistance then free spinning again, its a sign your axle shaft u-joint is failing. Repeat this sequence in reverse for the passenger side.

I'm dealing with this issue myself. Everything on mine is tight as well. I noticed a slightly different color on the drivers side u-joint. Brighter red rust as opposed to the darker rust on my passenger side. Your cause may be different but I'd start looking there.
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Old 04-13-2011, 11:52 AM   #6
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Yea, my money is on the axle shaft u-joint too. Not too bad of a fix, getting the unit bearing out is the worst part.
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Old 04-13-2011, 05:49 PM   #7
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My tires were a little low on air so I filled them up. Its not as bad but still shaking when I turn slowly. The tires dont really look like they are worn uneven. I will rotate my tires and see if that helps, if not then change the joints. thanks everyone
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Old 04-14-2011, 12:18 AM   #8
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Its a $21 part

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