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Driving down the road. steering wheele starts to vibrate so bad it almost jerks it out of your hands. If pull over and stop and then start again it quits. It doesn't happen all the time. sometimes will go days or weeks without problem. Getting more frequent. Had tires balanced but doesn't seem to help. In fact it seems to be worse now.

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First, loosen your wheels and re-tighten in a star pattern using a torque wrench.(setting of around 70-75 foot lbs is good) If that does not help, check your ball joints. Especially the lowers as they have no provision for lubrication and do not last as long as they should.Track bar end at the chassis should be checked to make sure it's tight and that the bolt hole has not become oblong. Other than that, check all front end components for looseness. The steering stabilizer (sideways shock on steering linkage) is often blamed for that condition and though it can be damaged by it, it never is the cause. Last, in extreme cases where everything has been checked and proves to be good, you can have an alignment shop put a bit more caster in the settings. that causes it to want to go straight without wheel flutter.
I gave you recommendations in the order of importance. I've dealt with and cured this condition (called death wobble) on many many Jeeps. If you have any questions just ask!!!

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