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Power steering leaks.

The front end seems a little shaky. Sometimes when i hit a bump the wrong way the whole truck will start shaking like crazy.

I know have a small leak in my power steering fluid, but I always keep it topped up.

Is this front end or power sterring issues?

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Your vehicle has what is called "death wobble" To eliminate this condition requires careful inspection of all front end components and bushings as well as steering box mount on chassis.. Most often it can be traced to ball joint or track bar wear. However it can also be caused by improper torque of front wheels, small amounts of wear that when added together equal too much total play, and even bad or extremely worn tires.
Most often part recommended to eliminate the problem is the steering stabilizer (sideways shock that connects steering to chassis) This can be damaged by shaking but replacing it will not eliminate the shake.
If all else fails, you can move alignment caster more positive a degree or two...It will cause the front wheels to "want" to go straight (same reason you can ride a bicycle with no hands) and if not adjusted radically, should not affect tire wear.

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Your Jeep should have a steering stabilizer. It will look like (it is) a shock absorber mounted transversely to the steering linkage. If you see oil leaking out of it, it's shot. It may be shot even if there is no oil leak. Disconnect it from whichever end is easist to get to and try moving it back and forth. It should be very very hard to move. If not, replace it.
If it seems OK, check for play in king pins or ball joints. Tie rods, center link, idler arm ( yours may have a rack and pinion which does not use a CL or IA))or bushings might cause it but doubtful. Badly worn out front shocks can also cause it.

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It is not a power steering issue.

you NEED to have a fornt end alignment done, and replace the fron shocks while you do it.

I've had this experience and it can rattle your bones as well as your car.

Have it done ASAP, your safety, as well as other drivers depends on what you do, and when you do it.

I hope this helps.

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