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Old 05-14-2012, 12:32 AM
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Exclamation I experienced the death wobble

I was driving my '09 2 door X at 55mph on cruise control the other day and the dreaded "death wobble" happened. It scared the shit out of me, but I quickly focused and slowed down and it went away. My question is to fellow forum members is this....there used to be a "sticky" thread about bolts and death wobble, but I cannot find it now. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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I haven't experienced DW, but from what I have read DW doesn't go away until you come to a stop. Tire issue like balance can be similar. I have a company vehicle that I average 40,000 miles a year and have had what you describe happen many times, steering wheel shaking side to side until you slow. I have seen a truck with death wobble coming at me, and indeed didn't stop until the truck did. Looked terrifying.

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I was driving my '09 2 door X at 55mph on cruise control the other day and the dreaded "death wobble" happened. It scared the shit out of me, but I quickly focused and slowed down and it went away. My question is to fellow forum members is this....there used to be a "sticky" thread about bolts and death wobble, but I cannot find it now. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
You have to dig a little more. The sticky's are grouped together.
It's there.

Most DW's are caused by loose/worn track bar bolts. Check the track bar(s) first.

What set it off?
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How are your tires?
I had it one time and that was enough.
My tires were worn so I put on new tires and didn't have any more problem with it.
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My tires are not too bad, but over the hill for their lifetime for sure. I've read part of that sticky thread before, but dont recall all the good advice about the bolts. I have noticed that the steering wheel does wobble and it almost feels like the JEEP "wants" to do the DW dance sometimes but doesn't. This always happens when I drive over bumps, uneven roadways, etc...
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Same here. My track bar is on nice and tight. Tires are fine. Have no idea what to fix? I took it to 4 wheel parts and of course they wana tell me I need to buy $3K worth of shit to fix my DW.
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I was driving my '09 2 door X at 55mph on cruise control the other day and the dreaded "death wobble" happened. It scared the shit out of me, but I quickly focused and slowed down and it went away. My question is to fellow forum members is this....there used to be a "sticky" thread about bolts and death wobble, but I cannot find it now. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
1. If you had true DW, slowing down wouldn't fix it.

2. Can't believe nobody else linked you to these:

Diagnosing Death Wobble and Fixing Non-DW Shimmies and Wobbles

The Importance of changing out stock bolts!!
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Same here. My track bar is on nice and tight. Tires are fine. Have no idea what to fix? I took it to 4 wheel parts and of course they wana tell me I need to buy $3K worth of shit to fix my DW.
Real DW is non-negotiable. You can't drive with it. If you're driving, you don't have it. You've probably got other issues. Check your ball joints, suspension, play in your steering, etc.

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Diagnosing Death Wobble and Fixing Non-DW Shimmies and Wobbles

The Importance of changing out stock bolts!!
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I had a similar thing happen to me twice. Except it only happens on one stretch of road in the exact same spot.
I hit a certain spot and it the tires start to wobble. Only slowing down stops it. It isn't the death wobble. I haven't found out the cause of it but it hasn't done it since for me.
Mine is also a 2 door 2009 Wrangler X.
Was it the first time travelling down that road? Has it done it since?
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1. If you had true DW, slowing down wouldn't fix it.

2. Can't believe nobody else linked you to these:

Diagnosing Death Wobble and Fixing Non-DW Shimmies and Wobbles

The Importance of changing out stock bolts!!
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Real DW is non-negotiable. You can't drive with it. If you're driving, you don't have it. You've probably got other issues. Check your ball joints, suspension, play in your steering, etc.

Read these:

Diagnosing Death Wobble and Fixing Non-DW Shimmies and Wobbles

The Importance of changing out stock bolts!!
I was reading waiting for somebody to post this, and if I didn't see it, I was going to post it.

If you slowed down and it went away, you don't have death wobble. To stop DW, you need to STOP. If slowing down "fixes" it, you aren't dealing with DW.

Read the checklist linked above, and then actually get it done--either by doing it yourself or paying a competent mechanic to do so.
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I was driving my '09 2 door X at 55mph on cruise control the other day and the dreaded "death wobble" happened. It scared the shit out of me, but I quickly focused and slowed down and it went away. My question is to fellow forum members is this....there used to be a "sticky" thread about bolts and death wobble, but I cannot find it now. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
If going a little faster or a little slower, solves the issue then it is tire related and not DW.
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thanks guys, glad to know its not the DW!! I'm on vacation all week so the gardening is going on hold until this shit gets fixed!! Great advice from a great group of guys!!
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I think my redudancy is a sign of incipient retardation.

Thanks to MTH and daggo for not calling me on it. Y'all were thinking it, though.
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I think my redudancy is a sign of incipient retardation.
They have a prescribed medical treatment for that.
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They have a prescribed medical treatment for that.
Haha...you keep showing up with that answer. Trust me, I take the pill on a daily basis. Must be a placebo...

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