Question about 1998 Jeep Cherokee
Ok, I figured out what was wrong with my 2005 Wrangler. By installing the coil spring spacers, I reduced the actual Caster angle of my front end. When I hit certain bumps at certain speeds, the front wheels would wobble back and forth violently as if i was pushing a bad shopping cart really fast. Anyhow, the dealer has replacement eccentric bolts to adjust the caster, but they didn’t stock them and they cost over $50.00. So, I opted to make my own off set washers to push the lower portion of the axle forward (gaining positive Caster). If you think this may help you, feel free to contact me at email@example.com .
Posted on Feb 15, 2009
Dealer found broken engine mounts and replaced, been three years now and no more death wobbles. This was on a 95 jeep Grand Cherokee 4wd
Posted on Dec 30, 2008
I had this happen to me in my 1998 jeep grand also. I would drive and slightly turn the wheel going around 35-45 and it would feel like I was in a space shuttle ready for take off. My husband told me it was my tire, but you know women .. I douted it was. He took it in got new tires and walllla . Its been over 2 years and no more wobble. Now if I could just get the exaust fixed. It sounds like Im driving a bus. LOL
Posted on Feb 14, 2009
New shocks the only solution
Posted on Oct 24, 2008
The "death wobble" in question can indeed be masked by installation of a new steering damper. However the issue is the caster angle of the front steering knuckles. If you have excessive caster angle (too much positive) you could very well experience this. It's like a shopping cart with a wobbly wheel. You should check to make sure the bushings in your front suspension are not worn or deteriorated. A front end alignment will indicate whether the caster angles are within spec. If not repairs or appropriate adjustments need to be performed. In my experience caster can not be adjusted on that vehicle so it's likely that you have worn and or bent parts. hope this helps.
Posted on Oct 21, 2008
This is indeed called the "death wobble" but it can be caused by a variety of reasons, most of which have to do with anything "rubber" on the front end, but most likely three possible reasons. First, shocks. Second tires, and finally a shock absorber like device (I believe steering damper). Sometimes if the front end is just too old and worn, it's nearly impossible to fix. I've owned Cherokees since 1981 and have had this on 4 out of 5 of them. If you believe your shocks are OK and your steering damper is OK, then be sure the tires are balanced and inflated properly. If you are sure your tires are OK, then check the steering damper first and the shocks second. What the wobble is, is a oscillation that gets stronger and stronger until all control is lost. You need to break the oscillation within it's first one or most two cycles. Shocks for example are exactly for this purpose.
Posted on Oct 20, 2008
My friends 92 Jeep Cherokee had the same shaking problem after hitting bumps.. Like everyone else said, we had the steering damper replaced ($100.00) and it fixed the problem.
Posted on Oct 11, 2008
This is called the "death wobble". Jeeps are known for this. When I slightly over inflated my tires it fixed the problem. The first time it happened to me it scared the poop out of me. I found the fix by accident.
Posted on Oct 04, 2008
Steering Dampner needs replacing
Posted on Sep 27, 2008
Replace steering damper, check ball joints.
Posted on Sep 17, 2008
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