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Steering shakes violently when I hit a bump

Ometimes when I hit a bump in the road, the steering wheel starts to shake violently and won't stop till I almost come to a stop

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  • boberm2000 Jun 02, 2009

     The tires are actually shaking causeing steering wheel to shimmy. I replaced shocks. Could it be the springs?

  • Eric Shephard May 11, 2010

    first make sure the wheel nuts are tight. Then check the steering shaft. On the shaft there is a section with a u-joint, this joint may be worn out.

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I had the same problem and it was a small shock sitting horizontally called the steering stabalizer your something close to that. Eazy fix.

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Posted on Jun 09, 2009

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Jeeps are short wheel base. could be bad front end parts . as an alignment tech have alignment checked. watch front camber and caster

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Have your tires balanced and the front end checked for worn parts.

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U need to have the front end inspected for worn parts and a possible cracked frame rail or loose steering box bolts..

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    yadayada Jun 02, 2009

    springs will not cuase this

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