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Unread 01-20-2013, 04:32 PM   #1
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Hit my Jeep a little - now have wheel wobble on deceleration?

I was driving through the snow today, no problems at all - then hit a patch of black ice under the snow, on a gentle bend.
Jeep did a delicate 720, then hit the curb and into the central reservation. No body damage at all, just ego damage!
Problem is, now when I coast from 60 or so, I get a violent wheel wobble through the steering. It's fine if I give it a bit of gas again, but it's a pretty heavy wobble.
Any ideas what I've bent? Wheels and tyres seem fine, shifts fine, everything but the wobble is fine!
Your best guesses please?

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Unread 01-20-2013, 05:09 PM   #2
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when my front axle snapped on the spring mount the replaced the axle and i drove down the road and did the same as yours what mine was is the track bar i believe its called or maybe sway bar. sorry for not being exact on what its called. it was not tightened all the way. so i tightened it up and it went away never shook again. maybe tighten it up and check all your parts in the front end. come to find out if that broke free it would have killed me. both tires point in a v and dead meat. very scary that a shop would do this and not check when done installing a axle
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Unread 01-20-2013, 07:18 PM   #3
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Something is bent or broken. Start with the wheels that hit and move onto steering.
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Unread 01-21-2013, 03:24 AM   #4
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Aye, the wheels look fine as far as I can see, and to be honest I probably wouldn't know whether anythin underneath was meant to be bent, or bent when I hit it! Is the fact that it only happens on deceleration any clue as to where I should be looking?
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Unread 01-21-2013, 04:17 AM   #5
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Bent wheel is the most likely. Casual inspection is not enough to say things are still straight, and most bent rims don't show impact damage
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Unread 01-21-2013, 04:24 AM   #6
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I suppose I could have lost balancing weights as well, making it worse... I'll bring it along to the tyre shop and have them try and balance the front wheels as a first, cheapest step!
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Unread 01-21-2013, 06:06 AM   #7
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Wobble/shaking from a bent or out of balance wheel... would that stop on acceleration?

Seems more like something loose.
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Unread 01-21-2013, 07:03 AM   #8
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Yeah, ots's and odd one. I've only done enough miles to get it home, andthat was taking it pretty slowly, but it seemed to be only on deceleration - and I don't feel like I hit the curb hard enough to break anything - it was a low curb, sloped, and the jeep just went over it onto the grass! The RHS front wheel took it side-on, I think...
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Unread 01-21-2013, 07:43 AM   #9
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move the tire you bumped to the rear on the other side of your ride and see if the problem moved with it .

I am just guessing that it was a front tire because you said you felt it in the steering .

Just reread it again Camero , take the RHS front tire and put it where the LSR tire is and see what you got.

As in swap them with each other .
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Unread 01-21-2013, 08:32 AM   #10
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Yeah, that's an idea - saves the cost of getting them balanced first if it's something else that's dead!
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Unread 01-21-2013, 09:56 AM   #11
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you could just put the spare on too in the iffie spot.
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Unread 01-21-2013, 01:56 PM   #12
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Haha, my spare is bald as anything!
I drove it home a couple of miles tonight, not going over 40, and no steering wheel wobble. Do you think it could be due to a big lump of (now melted) snow/ice/mud picked up during my little offroad trip? Will hit 60 tomorrow on the drive to work and see what happens when I take my foot off the gas - REALLY hoping that something Jeepy isn't bent or broken, I can get wheels and tyres no problem but other parts are super-expensive here!
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Unread 01-21-2013, 09:42 PM   #13
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I had dried mud on the inside of a tire do that one time .

I got it all off and no more problem.
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Unread 01-21-2013, 09:53 PM   #14
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Go in to a good tire/alignment shop. They should check your steering and suspension components when they give you an alignment. Also, if you're lifted, make sure the shop knows what the hell a lift is. If you point at the vehicle and say "lift. death wobble. needs proper alignment," and they look at you like you just grew a third eye, find another shop haha
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Unread 01-22-2013, 03:46 AM   #15
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All standard here! There is still a definite wobble, but it does feel like a wheel took a knock and needs balanced - I'll get the wheels swapped front-back at lunchtime at the tire place round the corner, and see if that makes a difference... they are always wild busy, so need an appointment for an alignment!
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