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Old 02-13-2012, 06:54 PM
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Death Wobble

I have bad death wobble on my jeep...I've had the track bar replaced and something that looks like a shock absorber that sits horizontally, but can't remember the name of it...I still have it even after this...so my tires are in need of replacing so I'm wanting to put 31's on it...it's the opinion of some that putting 31's on will make the wobble worse...I'm so confused... any advice would be appreciated!!

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Old 02-14-2012, 01:28 AM   #2
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Did you buy the jeep that way? was some thing changed and it started to happen? what speed does it start at? it's hard for anyone to pinpoint the problem without looking at it.

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I did a search of the forum for you, here some advice I found. https://www.wranglerforum.com/f19/dea...lp-139215.html
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Hey I bought my jeep new so this has been in the past 2 yrs. nothing has been changed & I don't climb rocks lol I'm pretty much a beach person but I rinse under the jeep after. The speed it starts is about 50-52 if I can handle getting beyond that speed it stops. I got he link u sent also & I will go check that out.. I just don't want to get 31's on if it's going to make it worse. Thanks for ur response. Have a great day!! Cathi
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Glad to help, I did read through some of the possible causes/fixes, the most commom was having the front-end alignment checked, and making sure the wheels/tires are still balanced, maybe a wheel weight fell off or is out of round. When I went to 33s I had my local GoodYear tire shop do an alignment check, they've got the newer Laser alignment system, it checks everything front and rear. even though I didn't have the "Death wobble", they did make some adjustments (included in the price of the alignment), it's smoother and the steering wheel is centered now too.
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The place I took it here didn't start w an alignment or balancing they automatically said the track bar was loose & I needed new tires. Seems to me they should have checked alignment & balance then went from there. They just wanted my money & think I'm a stupid female but they don't know this female... I told them what I thot about them & I won't b back & I won't have any good advertisement for them lol don't mess w me & my jeep lol
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my jeep had the same thing. it started right as i got to 50MPH. most of the time it happened when i pushed the brake pedal but not always, is it that way with you? i told them that and they ignored me and they replaced my trackbar and the front stabilizer shock (horizontal shock thing) and after that didnt work they looked at my brakes and realized that was the cause the drivers front brake was applying more brakeing pressure than the passenger side. after they fixed that it hasnt happened since

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Mine starts at around 50 but if I can hang on to the shake long enuff it goes away lol. Mine seems worse since they put the track bar on & my steering wheel isnt straight like it was b4 but they didn't want to listen so I'm done w them!!
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i would find another mechanic you trust and get another opinion on it. and make sure they listen to you
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Wow ,I turn wrenches for a living( 20+yrs )with something like this it's caused from lack or poor maintenance. Fixing it will be a process of elimaination. Tracking bar is prolly not it tho? I would start with all the rubber bushings (control arms) check wheel balance and bearings. The stabilizer is for bump steer only and will only mask bigger problems. A truck stop can balance the tires with them on the jeep still. Let me know the miles any lift? est... I'll help as much as I can.
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I don't feel it's poor maintenance & it only has a little over 35,000 miles no lift but I want to put 31's on but have been told it would make it worse.
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I would get it fixed before going to the 31's. also if you're keeping your old wheels you'll probably need spacers to keep the tires from rubbing things on the jeep. just gotta find a good shop. No goodyear tire shops in the area? what part of Florida do you live in? May be a jeep club close to you, that can point you tword a good Jeep mechanic.
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here's another link to to Death Wobble help. this one is printer friendly, could print it up and have it with you when you go to the shop. Yucca-Man: Death Wobble
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@jeepdrivengirl- In your Private msg mail box, you need to delete some of your "recieved msg's" so you can recieve more msg's. they don't have unlimited space here on WF. same with how many pics you can post, when the red line above the box in the msg area reaches to the far right, your mail box is locked out. I just keep a few important ones, and delete the rest, that way it never reaches the full line.
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First of all, if you can accelerate through it, you do not have DW. The only remedy for true DW is to bring your Jeep to a complete stop. That's it. Pull to the side of the road. Turn the ignition off. Call a wrecker.

An alignment will not fix DW. You do not have to have a lift on your Jeep – or any other mods, for that matter – to experience DW.

Lotta bs info floating around out there.

Here's the facts, Jack. And Jill.

Diagnosing Death Wobble and Fixing Non-DW Shimmies and Wobbles

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