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post #1 of 5 Old 07-17-2013, 05:44 AM Thread Starter
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shake at highway speeds

97 xj 4.0 stock everything. Auto and 4wd. Got sideswiped on the highway yesterday. Aside from some cosmetic scratches, there's really not much visible damage. However, the car that bumped me hit my left front wheel with his right front wheel. Now my jeep shakes between 55 and 70. Feels like wheel balance to me. I checked my ball joints after work yesterday and those are tight. I'll be putting her on a lift tonight to give her a thorough front end inspection.
So my question is, does anyone have any suggestions as to what I should look for? I'll be rebalancing my wheels tonight. I know to shake the front and look at tierods, pitman, idler... but is there anything I may overlook? Any suggestions will be appreciated!
Sucks, because this is my dd and I drive about 50 miles a day, half of which is highway... thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-17-2013, 06:35 AM
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Check the tie rod ends, ball joints, trac bar and wheel bearings. It does sound like wheel balance but a good thorough check is always a good thing after any accident.

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post #3 of 5 Old 07-17-2013, 07:25 AM Thread Starter
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That's just what I was thinking, but its nice to have a second opinion. Makes me feel like I'm on the right track, so to speak. Thank you for the reply!
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same with mine
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-17-2013, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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Inspected the front end and everything is tight. Took the left front wheel off and put it on the balancer... out by .75 oz inside and 2.25 oz on the outside. Rebalanced all my wheels and the ride home was perfect.
My theory is when that car and I went wheel to wheel he must have spun my wheel weight around to the opposite side. Makes sense because the new weight was on the opposite side as the previous one was. Whatever the case may be I gave a big sigh of relief... thanks for the feedback!
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