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2004 Jeep Wrangler

I have the same exact problem and I had a local shop replace the stabalizer bar (a good one) which has not fixed the problem. No lift on the Jeep and only 44k miles. The shimmy is so bad I have almost lost control a couple times. It happens when I hit a small bump on the highway at 55-65 mph, Not in local trafic. Please advise of the next steps I should take to resolve this issue.

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I ,ve been in the business for many years and have run into this problem several times including on my own vehicle. It is commonly called "death wobble". Unfortunately, I haven't found a common single component cure, rather, it seems to be any combination of minor wear in several components, each of which the wear would be insufficient to replace. Carefully check your ball joints, all suspension bushings, shocks, all joint ends, and steering dampner. for wear or looseness. Replace the most worn first. Also if caster adjustment is possible, have a shop add a degree or two of positive caster, regardless of current readings or factory specs. (helps stabilize the wheels at speed) Alwaqys check the front end components with wheels off the ground or even a worn part can appear good. Also do an on-ground check by having someone turn the wheels back and forth slightly and check for side play (do not forget to make sure steering box is bolted securely to the frame and that the frame is intact.) Sounds like a lot, but it shouldn't take long to check out.

Posted on Jun 17, 2009

  • jab8934 Apr 07, 2011

    i had the very same problem. the wobble almost knocked my teeth out. i think the solution is so simple most folk would never think of it. what was it? my tires! i was lazy about rotating them and they got funny wear patterns. i couldnt beleive it was that, but i needed new tires anyways. Guy showed me how uneven the old tires were while they put the new ones on - they were bad, but the knobbies on them made it hard to see til lhe had them off. it never happened again.

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