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I lose steering in my jeep when I hit a bump it shakes violently until I slow down then it stops

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There's also a steering stabilizer (looks like a cross-mounted shock absorber) that often wears out and causes this same exact condition. Have the tie rod ends and pittman arm checked for excessive play, replace if needed, and replace the steering stabilizer.

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Sounds like a tie rod end is shot. If the Jeep is over five years old that's what I would check.

Posted on Jul 23, 2008

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My 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee loses power and stalls when going up a steep hill on the freeway. It also several times the steering wheel has violently shaken when I hit a bump in the road. It almost felt...


You have two unrelated problems. the power loss can be from a variety of things. What you first need to do with that is have a scan done (many parts stores do that free)...then if you have codes stored, you at least have some direction to go in with that.
The shaking is called death wobble and also has many causes. The most common are bad ball joints or tires that are worn sufficiently so as to not have enough foreward momentum to not react to side loading from bumps. The same tire can still generally pass inspection but is no longer useful on your vehicle (usually with around two thirty seconds of remaining tread measured at the wear bars). Any wear in any of the front end steering components or bushings can also cause wobble...sometimes it is a cumulative effect of slight wear in several places totaling an unacceptable amount of overall play. If you just had brake work or new tires installed, sometimes improper torquing of the wheels can also cause that. If you don't see anything obvious have an experienced jeep tech look at it. It can be dangerous and is nothing to ignore or wait on.

Nov 10, 2010 | 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Vehicle violently vibrates when hitting a small bump or hole at times. Trying to slow down the car only makes it worse during these episodes and steering is very difficult. What can cause this


Check out the 'front end' at a garage to do a thorough shake down of components such as springs, tie rod ends, ball joints, shock absorbers, steering rods, bearings, etc.

Jul 05, 2010 | 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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My jeep frount end shakes when i hit a pothole what makes it do that


Check your steering stability bar I had the same problem and it turned out that I had bent that bar.

The death wobble is basically when you are driving your lifted jeep down the road and the front end starts to shake violently. It can happen at virtually any speed, though mostly above 40 mph or so, and is a frightening experience, especially for those witnessing it for the first time. Now it doesn’t throw you off the road or anything … the front end just shakes. And the only way to stop it is to slow down and pull over. So it wasn’t that hard to get used to at first. But as it happened more and more, it seemed to get more and more out of control.

Hope help (remember comment and rated this).

Apr 10, 2010 | 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Front wheels shake when I hit a bump in road


Pitman arm and tie rod ends and bail joints.The three main causes of front end shake after hitting a bump.There's so much slop that when you hit a bump it shakes violently from one end of the slop to the other.Very dangerous!You need to get this fixed now!
Get someone to turn the steering wheel while holding onto a front wheel and just watch for stuff that moves.Turn left and right and you'll see what's the worst for wear.The connections at the steering box arm(Pitman) and at the wheels(Tie rods) will be what moves the worst.Hope this helps?Autozone has a kit for the pitman for $100,probably be $600 at a shop.

Jan 11, 2010 | 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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My feont wheels shake somrtimes when i hit a bump


Hi Tony,

There is a problem with either the the wheel integrity, the steering linkage or all the above.

This is a dangerous and potentially life threatening situation.

As someone who has lived through a ball joint breaking off of it's connecting rod, I can tell you first hand that a steering wheel that doesn't steer is no fun at highway speeds.

Please have your vehicle looked at by a pro.
If you drive it, drive it slow, but drive it to a mechanic.

Mike

Nov 12, 2009 | 1988 Suzuki Samurai

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Steering shakes violently when I hit a bump


I had the same problem and it was a small shock sitting horizontally called the steering stabalizer your something close to that. Eazy fix.

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Jun 02, 2009 | 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Front end of my 87 jeep cherokee shakes bad when i hit a bump


May check your ball joints and tie rods. Also could be your shocks.
Does it seem like its more shaking on the left or right? or even?

Feb 24, 2009 | 1987 Jeep Cherokee

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Very bad shaking after hitting a bump


this is known as death wobble because it feels like you are going to die but slowing down will end it.

The cause for death wobble are:
  1. Worn or loose tie rod ends on your steering linkage.
  2. Worn or loose trackbar bushings or tie rod ends on the trackbar itself.
  3. front end needs alignment.
  4. and many others but the common reasons are listed above.
try to realign the front end. If it doesnt help, then you do indeed have worn steering / suspension components.

Jun 13, 2008 | 1999 Jeep Cherokee

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