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1999 jeep cherokee shakes at 55. Mechanic looked at everything, can't find anything wrong. Tires and rims are balanced. Control arm bushings are dry and cracked but still tight. Suggestions?

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  • robertesco May 09, 2010

    steering stabilizer has been replaced with no change



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Have a shop check the caster of the front axle. If the caster is out by even a few degrees, the "death wobble" can happen.

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I had exactly the same problems. It is called the "Death Wobble" and normally affects Jeep Wranglers that are lifted. But mine is a 1999 Cherokee stock (4x4). As it turns out, my 99, with 150,000 miles had the original shocks which, by doing the "bounce" test, etc. Seemed to function fine. Once removed, however, the mechanic showed me that none of them actually functioned and would not even extend without help. The springs had been doing everything. Once I replaced all five shocks (stabilizer included), the problem disappeard.

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Have a very close look at the steering stabilizer.
If the oil has leaked out or the valve inside it is defective it allows your steering system to vibrate.
Install a quality heavy duty one if you decide to replace it.

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  • FUBAR May 09, 2010

    OK then, If the steering and suspension components are alright then you will need to find out what that is throwing the rotating parts out of balance.
    I have seen tires that are properly balanced on a basic spin balancer still shake when the weight of the vehicle is placed on them.
    Also check that the rotors and drums are not rusted badly with pieces missing as these components also rotate with the wheels.
    Brakes that are sticking can also cause shakes.



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