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1996 jeep cherokee steering wheel shakes when i hit a pothole or big enough bump

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Make sure your steering stabilizer is in good shape. It sounds like it is time for a replacement though. Possibly a ball joint or tie rod end problem, but most likely the stabilizer.

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Front tire on passenger side shakes when i hit a bump at 20mph or higher.


perhaps a leaked out shock absorber....you might see an oily film on the lower half of the shock.....simplest place to start. If not that, then the front end should be checked for worn or broken component

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My 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee loses power and stalls when going up a steep hill on the freeway. It also several times the steering wheel has violently shaken when I hit a bump in the road. It almost felt...


You have two unrelated problems. the power loss can be from a variety of things. What you first need to do with that is have a scan done (many parts stores do that free)...then if you have codes stored, you at least have some direction to go in with that.
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Steering wheel and car shakes when i hit bumps and pot holes. whats the problem?


Check to see that the steering damper needs to be replaced,it runs crossways on the steering ,and it looks like a shock.Please rate if this was at all helpful,thank you.

Jul 18, 2010 | 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Front wheels shake when I hit a bump in road


Pitman arm and tie rod ends and bail joints.The three main causes of front end shake after hitting a bump.There's so much slop that when you hit a bump it shakes violently from one end of the slop to the other.Very dangerous!You need to get this fixed now!
Get someone to turn the steering wheel while holding onto a front wheel and just watch for stuff that moves.Turn left and right and you'll see what's the worst for wear.The connections at the steering box arm(Pitman) and at the wheels(Tie rods) will be what moves the worst.Hope this helps?Autozone has a kit for the pitman for $100,probably be $600 at a shop.

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Why does jeep cherokee shake like crazy when ur driving and you hit a bump


Hello there.
I have seen this happen with the Jeep Cherokee often.
This vehicle uses a steering stabilizer (like a shock absorber) mounted to the drag link off the pitman arm..
The stabilizer leaks out it's oil and allows the steering to go into a speed shake.
While you are checking that part out it would be a good idea to check your other steering components and suspension.
Thanks for using FixYa.

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Vehicle hakes when driving 45 to 50 miles per hour


Check wheel balance,
check steering linkages for loosness - such as tie rod ends, steering rack linkages etc,
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Jul 07, 2009 | 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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I'm hearing a loud ''cranking'' noise from the back of my 1996 jeep cherokee mostly when making turns or hitting potholes/bumps-could it be shocks/bushings?


If shocks are bad, the links on the swaybar will hit the body on bumps. Check everything...you can see it...I can't!

Jun 17, 2009 | 1996 Jeep Cherokee

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Steering shakes violently when I hit a bump


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

Jason

Jun 02, 2009 | 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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