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2001 jeepgrand cherokee wobbles and shakes @low speed

Rides smooth most of the time sometimes change lane or hit bump at 40-45mph low speed and truck wobbles and shakes really bad like it's going to twist in half. I replaced the rotors and pads did no good. WITHOUT touching brake peddle it will start to wobble and won't stop until around 5 mph. Please help

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Steering stabilizers are shot. I had the same problem, you hit a hole or bump and it starts to wobble then it resonates to a death wobble til you slow enough to stop it.

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The only two problems I can think off since you have replace your brakes and rotors although it would not make the car wobbles as you describe, you may get lots of vibrations and maybe some noise. Bent rims will sometime gives you smoother ride on high speed and very noticeable at low speed especially 5-10mph. Your rotors has to be warp badly in order to get that wobble. Check the tie rod bushing on both side and the tightness, If the bushing is wore out, the tie rod will have play and loose and will also cause front suspension to wobble. Bad shocks can also cause and gives that feel. Vehicle front suspension tend to go out faster than the rear because of the weight of the engine; check the tires make sure there is no defects, I have seen defects in tires from bubbles on side wall and uneven wears on the thread and will cause the tires to separates. what can cause this if you have small alignment problems or wore out tie rod bushing will cause tire to go bad and uneven wear to separation. Hope that help some.

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Could be a bd axle or ball joints wheel bearings are also a concideration

Posted on Aug 02, 2009

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