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Front End Steering problem

When driving my 1996 Jeep Grand Cheroke on the beltway. When I reach the speed of 55mph or 60mph over a small bump on the road, the front end wheels goes into a vibration episode that will not stop antill I slow down to about 30mph. After reading some of the car talk consumers, I suspect that it could be that the ball joints are bad. Do you have any sujections. Looking forward to hearing from you soon about this problem. My Jeep has about 157,000 miles on it. I bought it used about 2 years ago. I had the tie rods changed last week and got a front end alignement last week. However, it still goes through a vibration episode when traveling on the beltway at speeds of 60mph. Need to fix this problem as soon as possiable. I can be reached at shonwatkins@hotmail.com

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  • shonwatkins Jul 07, 2008

    When driving my 1996 Jeep Grand Cheroke on the beltway. When I reach the speed of 55mph or 60mph over a small bump on the road, the front end wheels goes into a vibration episode that will not stop antill I slow down to about 30mph. After reading some of the car talk consumers, I suspect that it could be that the ball joints are bad. Do you have any sujections. Looking forward to hearing from you soon about this problem. My Jeep has about 157,000 miles on it. I bought it used about 2 years ago. I had the tie rods changed last week and got a front end alignment last week. However, it still goes through a vibration episode when traveling on the beltway at speeds of 60mph. Need to fix this problem as soon as possible. I can be reached at shonwatkins@hotmail.com

  • shonwatkins Jul 07, 2008

    When driving my 1996 Jeep Grand Cheroke on the beltway. When I reach the speed of 55mph or 60mph over a small bump on the road, the front end wheels goes into a vibration episode that will not stop antill I slow down to about 30mph. After reading some of the car talk consumers, I suspect that it could be that the ball joints are bad. Do you have any suggestions. Looking forward to hearing from you soon about this problem. My Jeep has about 157,000 miles on it. I bought it used about 2 years ago. I had the tie rods changed last week and got a front end alignement last week. However, it still goes through a vibration episode when traveling on the beltway at speeds of 60mph. Need to fix this problem as soon as possiable. I can be reached at shonwatkins@hotmail.com. Spelling corrections.

  • Vadim70 Jul 23, 2008

    I had exactly the same problem on my Jeep; In my case root cause was big play in the steering box (30-35 degrees right and left).

  • BBond Jul 26, 2008

    This is a common problem on thie vehicle. I have a '96 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 160,000 miles. When I would brake I would have a sever shimmy in the steering wheel and the entire car would shake violently.



    This is a problem in the steering mechanism and cna be repaired at the dealer for about 500.00.



    I had ball joints and the entire front end rebuilt and it still occured.....the dealer in Houston finally diganosed the problem and fixed it with the steering fix.



    That was about six months ago...and now I am beginning to have the problem starting to manifest itself again.



    The vehicle is grat...however I am beginning to think at about 165-170,000 miles it is time to think about another Jeep.



    Serpenitine belt just did a dump today....What next.

  • nlbishop2008 Feb 20, 2009

    My 1996 Jeep Cherokee makes a thunking noise on the left front
    tire. I need to know if this could be the ball joints? I
    don't have the money to replace the entire front end. HELP!

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Here's the fix. Have all of the front end components checked for excessive play (tie rod ends, ball joints, pittman arm, and steering box) and replace any components that are worn. Also, REPLACE the steering stabilizer! It looks like a cross-mounted shock absorber attached to the frame and your steering linkage. These wear out and cause the exact condition that you've experienced.

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An an alignment tech i call your problem death wobble. look at your last alignment and check camber and caster

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STEERING STABILIZER

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You need to replace the front trac bar with the unit from skyhacker number tba-10 it comes with a new hd steering stabilizer and all hardware for aprox. 200.00 and also verfy the freeplay in all the other hardware as well.
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