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Unread 04-12-2013, 10:56 AM   #1
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Death wobble, sway bar???

hello, just trying to find out the steps here, I get the death wobble around 56 to like 63 it can get pretty violent. I have seen alot about checking the sway bar so i took 2 pics, pretty sure its the end of the sway bar... looks like it should be interconnected with 2 bolts and its pretty much out of both. let me know if 1 that's what it could be and 2 that this is even the sway bar connect ! LOL stock 95 jeep, my first one, so she's definitely making me learn some things, thanks for any and all help here's the pics!!

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Unread 04-12-2013, 10:58 AM   #2
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Shouldn't be your swaybar. Do a dry steering test.
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Unread 04-12-2013, 10:58 AM   #3
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Sway bar is NOT causing you DW.. Can take those off completely and not have any issues.
More likely is tie rods, or hub bearings or bad tires or alignment
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Unread 04-12-2013, 11:00 AM   #4
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what do you mean by a dry steering test? so the above picture, pretty much irrelevant to the problem?
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Unread 04-12-2013, 11:02 AM   #5
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what do you mean by a dry steering test? so the above picture, pretty much irrelevant to the problem?
Yes, Go look at the front end while someone is turning the wheels back and forth and look for loose steering components. I.E a dry steering test.
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Unread 04-12-2013, 11:04 AM   #6
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okay will try that, thank you!
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Unread 04-12-2013, 11:07 AM   #7
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Can even wedge it up against a curb to really get some movement when you testing.
Could even be brakes that are dragging. Heat builds up as speed goes up.. closes the piston
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Unread 04-12-2013, 11:10 AM   #8
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The steering boxes are none for getting loose. Some adjustment can be made (see the FAQ section for tech tips)

As has been noted, get someone to slowly move the steering wheel back and forth about a 1/4 turn and look at each connection point in your steering. Both parts should move together.

That or take it to a shop. Most National chain shops will do free estimates and that will let you know right away what is wrong under there.
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Unread 04-12-2013, 11:12 AM   #9
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alright sounds great ill give all that a shot and look into the brakes and steering box, thanks everyone
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Your sway bar has nothing to do with keeping your axle constrained.
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Unread 04-12-2013, 11:25 AM   #11
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Steering stab failure can lead to DW too.
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Steering stab failure can lead to DW too.
How so?
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Steering stab failure can lead to DW too.
Nope.
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Unread 04-12-2013, 12:31 PM   #14
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YEP! the steering stab dampenens the osscillation of steering components. I have all new steering components, bearings, etc. and a fresh alignment. I left off the steering stab, this lead to DW induced by bumps on the road at 30-40mph. Put the new stab in place and the DW is 100% cured. I know this from direct personal experience in the past few weeks on my rebuild. A degree in physics and engineering don't hurt either.... I don't speak unless I know what I am talking about....
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Unread 04-12-2013, 12:35 PM   #15
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YEP! the steering stab dampenens the osscillation of steering components. I have all new steering components, bearings, etc. and a fresh alignment. I left off the steering stab, this lead to DW induced by bumps on the road at 30-40mph. Put the new stab in place and the DW is 100% cured. I know this from direct personal experience in the past few weeks on my rebuild. I don't speak unless I know what I am talking about....
The SS is a dampener... meaning its hiding the DW. So its still there you just can't feel it.
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