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Old 05-08-2013, 03:32 PM   #1
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Torque Wrench needed

Does Anyone have a torque wrench they'd be willing to lend me for an hour or two. I'm experiencing the infamous death wobble in my '05 Wrangler Sport and would like to try working on it myself before sending it to the dealer which wanted to charge me around $1000. If its just a matter of tightening up everything vice replacing I'd like to go that route first. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!

I live in downtown San Diego, but would be willing to travel a relatively short distance if need be.

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Old 05-08-2013, 03:42 PM   #2
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Does Anyone have a torque wrench they'd be willing to lend me for an hour or two. I'm experiencing the infamous death wobble in my '05 Wrangler Sport and would like to try working on it myself before sending it to the dealer which wanted to charge me around $1000. If its just a matter of tightening up everything vice replacing I'd like to go that route first. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!

I live in downtown San Diego, but would be willing to travel a relatively short distance if need be.

Brandon
I know most auto parts stores rent tools, you might have some luck going to an Auto Zone or whatever is around you.

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Old 05-08-2013, 03:55 PM   #3
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first, you should jack up the front one wheel at a time and find whats loose.

Could be tie rod ends, could be wheel hubs, could be drag link ends, etc... If you jack up the wheel and it has play in it left to right but not up and down, its prob. tie rod ends. If you jack up a front tire and can wiggle it left to right and up and down feeling some play in there, its the wheel hubs. The wheel hubs and the tie rod ends have a huge affect on wobbles and they arn't something that can just be torqed. Find the loose ones and have 'em replaced.

A shop giving you a quote without even seeing whats wrong first is bogus. They should take 5 minutes to troubleshoot then tell you what it needs.
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Old 05-08-2013, 04:03 PM   #4
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I'm in Escondido & will loan you a torque wrench if you ever really need it but rarely is DW caused by something that needs a torque wrench to tighten. I'd first get the tires balanced (or RE-balanced) perfectly, imperfectly balanced tires are a very common cause of DW. Many tire shops only balance tires to "good enough" which isn't good enough for larger Jeep-size tires.
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Old 05-08-2013, 04:26 PM   #5
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1/2" Torque Wrench

Can't beat it for $19. I have several laying around. They work better than my Craftsman are fine for ensuring you have equal torque applied. Probably not all that accurate, but close enough, unless you are working with precision parts; e.g., gear sets, valves, internal engine components, etc.
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Old 05-08-2013, 04:48 PM   #6
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Harbor Freight almost always have a sale on their torque wrenches dirt cheap.
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:12 PM   #7
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x2 on the HF 1/2" torque wrench. There's coupons in loads of automotive mags for $10. FYI they calibrate to be as accurate as my $100 Craftsman so long as you don"t abuse them, certainly good enough for suspension on a Jeep. That said, there's not much that will be remedied with a torque wrench (maybe track bar bolts if loose) unless you've changed something recently that simply isn't tight. I had the problem with track bar bolt that was loose, but it was after I changed track bars. Install tells you to check torques after some period of time (which I blew off), and now I know why.

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