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Wobble on accelaration or deccelaration and severe on cruise

This is not a wheel wobble. It is the entire shifting of the vehicle. The particluar model does not have a dampner. Both front axles, shocks and struts, tires, CV boots, and rack and pinion have been replaced. The alignment has been checked.

It is a side to side type feel, much like a boat rock. It is predominent with hitting the gas and if it does start shaking then hitting the gas will stop the shifting.

It is most notable at higher speeds.

This is a 4x4 with a 3.3 liter engine.

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  • Anonymous Dec 22, 2008

    wobbles from side to side

  • patharrison Dec 23, 2008

    I have the same problem. Have replaced both shocks and struts, as well as all four tires to no effect. It seems that when going down hill or on a flat at 2000 RPMs, as you let off the gas pedal or resume driving with the pedal, the shaking/wobble begins when changing gears. At lower RPMs, the wobble is not as sever, but it is able to be felt. At 55 MPH, it is very strong wobble at or about 2000 RPM. Have had it checked many times, and suspension appears strong and tight. Have begun investigating transmission for problems.

  • junc123 Jan 17, 2009

    I have the same problem: when the car goes over 50mph or higher, if I ease on the gas slightly (e.g. to make a turn), it rocks left and right VIOLENTLY but stops when I let go of the gas completely (and quickly) so the car can slow down. Sometimes I had to step on the brake to slow it down quickly because it's almost out of control.

    I might have found the answer on another website. It says:

    If you feel the rear end of your truck sway, the most common cause arethe rear track bars. There are 4 bars that mount to the rear of thetruck. There are bushings on the end of each bar. You will most likelyfind the bushings are torn, or broken. The whole bar would need to bereplaced & are recommended to be replaced in pairs. 2 upper, 2lower.

    So I think Mr. davemorrmoto is right in this. Mr. aslevingston is lucky he just changed the lower arms and not the upper ones.

    I haven't changed mine yet because my mechanic was still scratching his head this morning and we've tried a few things already and didn't work.

    Just wondering how much this will cost and if I should change all the upper and lower arms. Or if it's better to get a new car.

    Can anyone give an idea? Mr. aslevingston?


  • Rabindra Robinson May 11, 2010

    didnt the woble start after instaling the axel shafts? well the reason i say is because the inner cv joints are loose and has too ,uch side pay and this will make your truck waddle by the sides check out those axels but just the inner joints one quick way ti see it is put the car on a lift where the wheels can be suspended freely, leave the vehicle in neutral and one of the front wheel and slightly turn the way in any direvtion while you attempt to turn the wheel watch the inner joint it would not have moved for atleast upt a quarter turn was accomplished by teh turning wheel which indicates the inner cv is worn out and these days it is cheaper to replace the whole axel shaft

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I have had the same problem with my 96 Pathfinder for several years. When it got really bad I decided to look into it. The bushings on the rear stabalizer arms were worn out. The mechanic checked all bushings of the six stabalizer arms (two front and four rear) with a crow bar. The bushings of the two rear lower arms were bad as the arms were clearly loose. He tried to remove the bushings but could not as they were fused to the arms. So he had to cut the arms out with a torch and install new ones that came with the bushings. This completely solved the problem.

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I had the same problem....pretty pricey...had to replace the lower 'trail' arms....but that fixed the problem right away and haven't had a problem since. It should have been a recall in my opinion.

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Im 100% positive that your problem is caused by worn out trailing arm bushings.

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