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JeepGuy61 12-19-2012 04:07 PM

wheel wobbling problem
I have a 94 yj 4.0 and The other day I was driving down the road and hit a pothole and my left front wheel started to wobble all over the place. I got it home and looked at it everything appears fine. I replaced the hub/wheel bearing today and it got all new ball joints and tie rods for inspection in October. I just got back from driving it and it started again all the lug nuts are tight. Anybody have a clue what it could be? Could I have gotten a defective ball joint maybe? Any help or advice is appreciated thanks

AJ_IOOF 12-19-2012 04:18 PM

I know it sounds too easy but could it have hit so hard you lost the balancing weights? Just a thought...

JeepGuy61 12-19-2012 05:04 PM

I'm gonna go check right now. I'm gonna feel like a dumbass if that's it haha

JeepGuy61 12-19-2012 05:19 PM

Nope weights are still there. Any other ideas

Charley24 12-19-2012 06:00 PM


Originally Posted by JeepGuy61
Nope weights are still there. Any other ideas

Have you jacked that wheel off the ground and checked for anything loose?

Nubby55 12-19-2012 08:36 PM

Thats it jack that side up like Charley said, then try to turn the wheel side to side, and up and down, also check for slack in the steering box, it chould be bouth front tires shaking. good luck, you don't want a joint to come lose!

JeepGuy61 12-19-2012 11:26 PM

I jacked it up earlier today and tried that there was a slight play but I assumed it was the wheel bearing so I replaced it. I'm gonna get back to work on it tomorrow morning. Ill see if there's still some play in it. If it is the steering box how do you fix or replace it. Ive never run into this problem before. Thanks fellas

darkproximity 12-19-2012 11:34 PM

I had the same thing happen to me, tire was out of balance, hadn't lost any weights either.. Try swapping tires from rear to front

JeepGuy61 12-19-2012 11:52 PM

I also had a friend tell me it could be the u joint going bad something similar happened with his blazer. Does that sound like a possibility?

jeeperdad1977 12-20-2012 12:06 AM

There is a post onJeep Forum from a mechanic who does wheel alignments. It's a detailed write up of terms and what they mean when dealing with the frontend of a jeep. Check it out if u can find as it has a few paragraphs on death wobbles. Gives causes and corrections.

JeepGuy61 12-20-2012 01:10 AM

Ill search for it thanks

JeepGuy61 12-20-2012 01:19 AM

I found the article guess ill start moving down the list tomorrow, thanks alot

JeepGuy61 12-20-2012 04:18 PM

Fixed the problem. The two bolts in the caliper were stripped so it was loose and flopping around. Took it on a 40 mile ride no issues, thanks again

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