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I own a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Ltd. When I am driving on the freeway at 70 mph or faster my front wheels and my steering wheel begin to shake back and forth almost causing me to lose control whenever I hit a small bump in the road. If I apply the brake and slow down about 5 mph it stops the shaking. Any idea what could be causing it? I looked underneath at the rod going between the two front wheels and it looks like it has a thing that resembles a shock absorber. I don't like the looks of it. It looks worn. Could this be something that could cause this type of problem?

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The part you are looking at is the steering damper.It can be damaged by repeated shaking but won't cause it.
Likely the condition you have is caused by bad lower ball joints.
The lowers have no grease fittings and as such, fail earlier than the uppers. There are other causes but happen less often. Your track bar mount can wear oblong, overall cumulative wear of all front end parts can produce enough side to side play to do that or the wheels may not be torqued down exactly to specifications. In extreme cases where all is good but the shaking continues, you can have additional caster adjustment added to the alignment specs. I am assuming that your tires are properly balanced?

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