HELP! Will a new steering damper permanently eliminate the Death Wobble? My dealer replaced my stearing damper per TSB #02-003-10 under warranty after multiple episodes (4) of the dreaded wobble . My 08 wrangler JKU has 27000 miles with all stock equip. My warranty will expire next February and I don't want this to be a repeat issue costing $$$$$$$!
Please go back and read the first 2 posts in this thread, and you will have your answer as to why a steering dampner has absolutely nothing to do with the most common sources of DW and why your dealer techs are completely incompetent for saying a new one is the fix.
Without fixing the source, the DW will continue to get worse and the new steering dampner/stabilizer will eventually fail because it will no longer be able to mask the source(s) of your DW.
So basically if you keep your trackbar bolts tight you shouldn't have this problem? Why not just replace the 14mm bolt with a 9/16th bolt? What's the thread pattern?
Basically, jeeps with proper installation and maintenance of factory and aftermarket parts do not experence DW.
They may end up with wobbles due to worn or damaged ball joints or joint ends (tie rod or drag link), or from a bad alignment due to a bent tie rod, but they catch them and fix things right away before they damage other components.
If you want to deal with the difference in bolt hole and bolt size, you can use larger bolts or weld in washers that fit snugly on the stock bolts. If you use larger bolts, you will want to use shouldered bolts and to weld a flag on the new nut for the axle side. Otherwise, you want to weld the washers on the front and back of both the axle and frame side brackets.
I'm considering a 2011 Sahara Unlimited.
Great looking vehicle, enjoyed the test drive and all else to be honest.
I'm wondering if the death wobble is something that I should worry about on a 2011 MY.
The main reason for asking is mainly because I read about Chrysler doing a couple of recalls, atleast one related to the axle.
Did this fix the wobble or is it something totally unrelated?
If the recall/s were not related to the wobble, I assume it's safe to say that it's still an ongoing issue in the 2011MY.
DW is an issue for any poorly maintained vehicle with a 5 link front end. It has been an issue with every Ford, Dodge, and Jeep with a front trackbar and 4 front control arms. It is not specific to JKs. In fact, it happens less frequently with JKs than with other models because of the beefiness of the JK front trackbar and 125 ft lbs torque specs for the trackbar and front lower control arms.
Google ford death wobble, dodge death wobble
, or jeep death wobble
and you will see what I mean.
If you are keeping your jeep stock, after you get your jeep, go around and re-torque all the bolts to spec as soon as you get it.
Then, just add re-torquing the trackbar bolts to 125 ft. lbs. at every oil change interval, and you will be fine.