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06-27-2014 02:09 PM
bexarhunter After lifting my 2103 Wrangler and adding 35" tires, mine started to wobble almost without notice and sometimes took a while to control. Took it back to the performance shop and they replaced my steering stablizer under warrantly cause it was leaking. Haven't had a problem since. I saw a later model JK on the interstate this week and it seemed to start with one wheel and the whole thing just about fell apart in the middle lane of the interstate. He made it to the edge safely.
01-05-2014 05:36 PM
05TJ- I had the Death wobble twice last month , found I had the right front tire only had 8 lbs of air in it and the tire did not look low, adding air fixed the problem
05-13-2013 10:01 PM
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05-09-2013 09:55 AM
Bustedstuff The first video is what happened to me going about 60, I was merging onto the highway, I slowly applied the brakes and it went back to normal. It wasn't as scary as the video looks. . . but it was pretty darn shaky in there. Like a really, really, really badly paved road.
05-09-2013 09:53 AM
Bustedstuff What caused the DW in mine (I have an '06 unlimited) was the trackbar. The bushings were bad. I bought the Jeep in December, and I got the DW fixed back in January, I haven't had any problems since, thank God.
05-05-2013 08:09 PM
insylem How can they blame the road and imprefections in the road if they advertise this vehical can go OFF road onto rugged terrian?
05-03-2013 11:42 AM
dbetters Thanks this helps! Had mine in recently and ended up being a stabilizing bar but no real problems. Had it bad in my earlier Jeeps
03-17-2013 05:26 AM
mikejoel scary, not going out with that kind of wheels on my jeep
03-16-2013 04:35 PM
michiganadam I ended up in the ditch when i got a death wobble the other day. 4x4 capability is very impressive though. ended up quite a ways off the highway
01-26-2013 11:08 AM
wolfen I saw a completely stock JK the other day ( 4 door ) with bigger tires on it, I mean so big it needed a 3' lift just so they wouldn't run, and when that guy hit 55 BOTH wheels were wobbling so bad I hit the brakes and let him go WAY ahead of me, and I don't scare easy
01-26-2013 01:05 AM
Chef-j That vid is scary. Anyone actually had problem with 2013 models? Cant believe chrysler doesnt do anything for their customers...man some spent 30~40k on this vehicle.
09-03-2012 10:35 PM
Johnrmclean
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Originally Posted by Carlsbad0331 View Post
I am nearly in the same boat... I am looking to buy one, but I would need to do mostly freeway driving with it. Here in SoCal unless your doing 75 your getting passed. So the thought of a DW is not too appealing to me.

I had never even heard of such a thing before, and that first video damn near made me fall off my chair. The scary part is that with so many knowledgeable people here, no one diagnosis has determined what causes this. It seems from what I have read that there are many possible causes, and its just a matter of what order they are going to happen in.
Mine was just tire balance was easily fixed ..but..FYI...it is not unique to Jeeps..it can happen to any 4wd with a solid front axle...
09-03-2012 07:14 PM
Carlsbad0331
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Originally Posted by Hzuiel View Post
You guys are scaring me away from wanting to buy a jeep, is there a decently affordable way to get rid of this death wobble, and in general, make the jeep more interstate friendly?
I am nearly in the same boat... I am looking to buy one, but I would need to do mostly freeway driving with it. Here in SoCal unless your doing 75 your getting passed. So the thought of a DW is not too appealing to me.

I had never even heard of such a thing before, and that first video damn near made me fall off my chair. The scary part is that with so many knowledgeable people here, no one diagnosis has determined what causes this. It seems from what I have read that there are many possible causes, and its just a matter of what order they are going to happen in.
08-15-2012 03:27 PM
XpressoBeans holy crap.. ive never seen/had that happen.. what causes it?
08-11-2012 09:40 AM
Johnrmclean
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Originally Posted by Ashsworld View Post
If you read the service bulletin its pretty much good for nothing it pretty much said it could be anything but bring it in and we will charge you to check it out... if we can figure it out..... it should have said for advice don't call us go on the Wrangler or Jeep forums for help ...... if you got a Jeep you will get more help here than anywhere else...
08-10-2012 05:07 PM
Ashsworld Saw this today on Foxnews.com:

Chrysler addresses "Jeep Death Wobble" with technical service bulletin | Fox News
07-27-2012 07:49 PM
CJ1048 I thought I had d w....NO WAY! Must be just out of balance tire. That would be scary.
07-21-2012 07:39 PM
LUTHER88
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Originally Posted by Wally Meyers View Post
This spring we were on I-94 outside of Milwaukee Wisconsin. We were in rush hour traffic and a Jeep that was by us started doing that. I thought people were going to bang into each other getting away from the Jeep. It wasn't a Wrangler. If they would have hit, I wonder who would have been responsible for the damage? I'm sure it would have ended up in court. But this death Wobble as it is called in cars (cages) is a real pants wetter at about 70 mph or so on a motorcycle when the handlebars are pulled out of your hands. BTDT and don't like it. Have a great day.
that may have been me lol. i had an 88 xj with a mean case of death wobble that almost killed me more then once on 94N lol. it got so bad at times that my keys would rattle out of the ignition as i kept driving (little embarrassing on a date lol!)
07-20-2012 09:32 PM
Carlton80 Putting a new steering dampener will mask the problem allot, but the problem is in your geomety. Something is off be it the tire size, not having your track bar right, or your sway bar being out of wack. This is a problem you need to go to a mechanic who specializes in jeeps for, preferably a old guy, old people know more than you. I'm a big fan of fixing my own problems but this is beyond most people.
07-20-2012 09:03 PM
COMPNZ8N Invest in the ol' steering stabilizer
07-11-2012 11:18 PM
Hzuiel You guys are scaring me away from wanting to buy a jeep, is there a decently affordable way to get rid of this death wobble, and in general, make the jeep more interstate friendly?
06-26-2012 03:38 PM
Jp 67
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Originally Posted by CP5
I got my first Wrangler about a month ago, and I hadn't heard of death wobble till I read this. I've had it happen to me twice, both times after getting my wheels literally caked in mud so that the rims had mud dried in them. (Once after the Jeep got stuck and sat in the mud all night.) Driving home after that, I couldn't go over 40mph without it wobbling exactly like the videos. I promptly washed the mud out of the wheels when I got home and the problem went away. I thought it was interesting that just some mud could set my wheels so off-balance that it wobbled like that.
Mine was a combo of things..
06-26-2012 10:32 AM
CP5 I got my first Wrangler about a month ago, and I hadn't heard of death wobble till I read this. I've had it happen to me twice, both times after getting my wheels literally caked in mud so that the rims had mud dried in them. (Once after the Jeep got stuck and sat in the mud all night.) Driving home after that, I couldn't go over 40mph without it wobbling exactly like the videos. I promptly washed the mud out of the wheels when I got home and the problem went away. I thought it was interesting that just some mud could set my wheels so off-balance that it wobbled like that.
06-19-2012 01:05 PM
Jp 67
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Originally Posted by 02tj-clayton
when i had my bald 35s i got it bad...it scared the hell out of me my gf and some random dude who was driveing next to me
Yea me too !! I have redone the front end,tires, shocks and now just waiting for the rearend to get done so I can get back on the road... Bearings went out on that ! ! But I guess that is what happens when you buy used.... !! Wavy !!!
06-19-2012 02:00 AM
02tj-clayton when i had my bald 35s i got it bad...it scared the hell out of me my gf and some random dude who was driveing next to me
05-22-2012 08:22 AM
Jp 67
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Originally Posted by johndoe123123
ouch
Just a lil... Got it taken care of now.. Thumbs !! But to find out that my rear end is making a noise, so thats next...
05-21-2012 02:15 AM
johndoe123123 ouch
04-25-2012 01:38 PM
Jp 67 I have replaced my tracbar, wheel bearings, steering stabilizer, shocks, and balanced my wheels and replaced the tires.. But if the road is uneven just a little BAM ! ! I'M HITTING THE BREAKS... What else do I need to change to stop the "DW"...... Scratching head ! ! ! Please any input....
04-12-2012 09:00 PM
wolfen Balance is critical to the proper functioning of a tire, a little off can ruin the tread, a lot off can possibly make a wobble if its off on one side more than the other
04-12-2012 07:42 PM
Johnrmclean
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Originally Posted by wolfen View Post
Thats what I would say also One thing though did you go faster than the tires are rated for? If you take a 60 mph tared tire to 70 the belts can separate

Good point..I actually have no idea what they are rated for but I would assume 70 is pretty low for a tire?? Anyway I had the balanced at got them back. Now they ran up to 75 no problem..hmm I still don't trust the belts but seems like the tires still have some life left in them.. if the wobble returns they will be toast! Just goes to show how much difference balance can make at 60 vs 70 MPH...
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