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Old 01-13-2008, 06:21 PM
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Steering wheel rattle

Anyone have any ideas what would cause my steering wheel to rattle between 25-30mph?

It is worse if i hit the gas harder or go uphill (uphill i can even feel the jeep shaking undermy seat a little) It still shakes if i hit the gas nice and easy, just not as much.

It happens at the end of first and then stops less than halfway through second

I checked to make sure nothing was loose under the jeep

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Old 01-13-2008, 06:39 PM   #2
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OK everyone...dont' flame me I am new to TJ's.... But.....
My new to me 03TJ had such a described 'shimmy' but at 45-50mph.... and I have been reading all the horror storys of 'DEATH WOBBLE'........but Good News...

Rotated the Tires and Shimmy is GONE. I have Cragar Simulated Bead Locks, so tires are ballanced with weights in the rims, I imagine my issue is just an out of balance tire.

With that said.....rotating tires a good FREE place to start.

'03 TJ Sport on 33's, 2"BB, 1"BL, 1"MML
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Old 01-13-2008, 06:47 PM   #3
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are the tires balanced?
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I see you have a 4" lift... do you have a transfercase drop? If not that might explain the vibrations. As for the shimmy in the wheel, make sure your tires are not over inflated, and that the tires are properly balanced.
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Old 01-13-2008, 07:35 PM
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Sorry i forgot to mention that this problem just started about a month ago

I never had any problems before and i didnt install anything before when it started to happen. It jus started to happen one day driven up a hill around that speed

i have sye and cv driveshaft, so no t case drop
tires have been ballenced since i put them on so it shouldnt be that either
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Old 01-13-2008, 08:18 PM   #6
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when you check suspension do you jack it up so there are no load on the suspension?
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Old 01-13-2008, 08:34 PM   #7
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bad u-joints?
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Old 01-13-2008, 09:23 PM
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good call, if there isnt to much snow tomorrow ill jack it up and re torque everything jus to be sure its not that

would u joints make it shake only between 25-30? ill check them tomorrow too

Thanks for the help guys

Im happy no one said anything about the engine or transmission....

I was thinkin maybe the motor mounts were goin bad, but i couldnt check them today

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