Question about 1996 Ford F150 Regular Cab
Frontend shaking very bad at 30 to 45 mph i have changed driver side tie rod and drag link have changed wheel bearings i have jaked up front end no exsesive mouvment in wheels the ball joints do not look bad can you help
I would suggest to swap the rear tires to the front and see if that helps.
It could also have a shock absorbers problem as well.
Posted on May 14, 2008
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starts out as a slight shimmy from side to side that you can just
barely feel in the steering wheel at about 25 mph. As the side-to-side
action gains momentum it practically rips the wheel out of your hands.
It feels and sounds as though the front axle is going to get tossed out
from under your Jeep at any moment. Looking out the window at the
frontend reveals the tires dancing back and forth like a couple of
cancan girls. Other motorists scatter at the sight of your
out-of-control Jeep. Speeding up to around 50 mph or bringing your Jeep
to a complete stop is usually the only way to stop the shaking. But not
To permanently eliminate the death wobble and avoid other handling problems, here are a few tips; this work in Jeep models:
most common culprit of wobble and erratic handling is worn-out
components. Tie rod ends and ball joints should have dust boots intact.
Grease the joints periodically if they have fittings.
can check for slop in your steering by jacking up the front of your
Jeep and grasping a tire at the nine and three o'clock positions. Wiggle
it front to back. Slop will be noticeable. It helps to have a buddy
watch the tie rod ends for looseness.
or worn wheel bearings can also cause poor handling. They can be
checked by grasping the wheel at the 12 and 6 o'clock positions. If
there is any movement, the bearings should be repacked or replaced in
the case of later-model Jeeps with unit bearings.
a common problem on CJs and YJs with spring-overs. The drag link on
this Jeep has been bent to clear the spring and a drop pitman arm has
been installed in an attempt to correct for the lift. This won't cause
the frightening wobble, but bumpsteer will result. The drag link should
be close to parallel to the tie rod and axlehousing.
are notorious for bent steering linkages. They come from the factory
with a bend for clearance around the axle (arrow). It's often hard to
tell if it has been bent more after a rough trail. Always inspect your
steering linkages for impacts and bends after a trail ride.
- Loose U-bolts will wreak havoc on your Jeep's handling. Keep 'em tight and check them frequently after installing a lift kit.
bushings may flex better than urethane but rubber will rot and fall
apart. Inspect control arm, leaf spring, and shackle bushings. They
locate the axles, so any slop will affect handling.
'76-'86 CJs have a slop-prone steering shaft. The slop will cause the
Jeep to wander all over the road causing the driver to saw the steering
wheel back and forth to go straight. The shaft can be upgraded with a
you install longer shackles on your leaf-sprung Jeep you will probably
need shims like these on the front axle to correct the caster.
Shackle-reversal kits often provide increased caster, which improves
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