i've had various, weird front suspension issues since i bought my wrangler 2 years ago. every mechanic i've taken it to has told me i'm insane and nothing is wrong. in order to try to pinpoint the problems myself, i took off the track bar last week. since i did that, the problems have gotten exponentially worse:
vibration at extreme low speeds (under 10mph, includes reversing)
at freeway speeds, trying to steer is very exciting. jeep wanders all over the road, every bump i hit causes me to swerve. not fun.
at city speeds, i have to very actively steer, going in a straight line is not an option at this point.
in the past, i also heard a knocking noise coming from the front passenger wheel area. that wheel also squeaks intermittently, have never been able to figure out why.
just greased the wheel bearings, u-joints are new(ish), just adjusted the steering, axle seals are new, brakes are fine.
took my jeep into the shop, they're telling me that all i need to do is replace the front shocks (i know this needs to happen, they're super old), and re-install the front track bar and that will solve my problem.
from what i've read, the track bar shouldn't be the problem. mechanic told me that the front diff is wiggling around like crazy and the track bar needs to be re-installed to fix that problem. somehow, i'm a little skeptical.
Yea I would check your ball joints and maybe change the bushings at the leaf springs for starters the trac bar is not your problem if your jeeps got leaf springs. I drive mine a half hour or so on the highway each day to and from work with no trac bars and it's fine. I'm sure other people will chime in with more suggestions
I'd check your suspension bushings first, then your TREs and ball joints. If all is well, get your steering realigned and tires rebalanced. Steering stabilizer shouldn't be much of an issue. I've run without one for about 6 months now with no steering problems.
Originally Posted by wmpiehl
Haha, just don't let Mitch teach you how to wheel, he is really scary
2.5 suspension lift running on 31x10.5 tires. Removed my track bar and could not be happier. As others have said, check every and any bushings, ball joints and couplers along with every and any measurements on the front of your jeep. That should reveal the problem area but I believe your spring bushings are shot.
I had similar issues I replaced the steering box with 90% improvement the knuckles in the rods going from the column to the box also need to be replaced and I should be at 100 percent junkyard steering box cost me 65 bucks and I was safe but found driving a bit boring now lol