Hoping new tires cure DW - JeepForum.com
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 11 Old 09-30-2013, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
Pugulis
Registered User
1996 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Long Island
Posts: 1,138
Hoping new tires cure DW

So as some of you might know, I've been dealing with DW for the whole summer. I've replaced everything. New tie rod ends (and long tube), track bar, ball joints, wheel bearings, steering box, control arms and bushings. The only thing I haven't replaced is the drag link, but it's fine. The only think left is the tires themselves. I had them balanced in June, but I don't think they inspected them. I pulled the passenger side one off and rolled it. It constantly rolls to one side rather than straight. I pulled the other tire and it does the same thing. Before I drop 600 on new tires. Does anyone have any suggestion?


[_][]☺[][][]☺[][_] 96' Grand Cherokee Laredo 265,000 miles and still going strong.
Pugulis is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 Old 09-30-2013, 08:41 PM
Bullwinkle_98ZJ
Registered User
1998 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Lafayette
Posts: 57
No experience with DW in the Grand Cherokee and you did not mention the steering damper (assuming 4x4), but..............

A brand new set of tires cured the DW on my TJ.

Good Luck
Bullwinkle_98ZJ is offline  
post #3 of 11 Old 09-30-2013, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
Pugulis
Registered User
1996 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Long Island
Posts: 1,138
Sorry, yes the steering dampener was replaced.

[_][]☺[][][]☺[][_] 96' Grand Cherokee Laredo 265,000 miles and still going strong.
Pugulis is offline  
post #4 of 11 Old 09-30-2013, 11:46 PM
Oldfrog
Registered User
2007 WK 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Louisiana/Texas
Posts: 5,091
Control arms or their bushings ?
Is the steering box tight against the frame rail?
Is it lifted?

2007 5.7 Hemi, Ltd. QD II -
1997 ZJ, 4,0 select trac, Up country, track lok.
Oldfrog is offline  
post #5 of 11 Old 10-01-2013, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
Pugulis
Registered User
1996 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Long Island
Posts: 1,138
Quote:
Originally Posted by Oldfrog View Post
Control arms or their bushings ?
Is the steering box tight against the frame rail?
Is it lifted?
Both arms and bushings. Yes the box is tight. Yes, I have a 2 inch BB.

[_][]☺[][][]☺[][_] 96' Grand Cherokee Laredo 265,000 miles and still going strong.
Pugulis is offline  
post #6 of 11 Old 10-01-2013, 04:25 AM
Technohead
Old School
 
Technohead's Avatar
1998 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Exeter, RI
Posts: 7,330
No mention of the most important things: toe and caster. Especially caster.
Technohead is offline  
post #7 of 11 Old 10-01-2013, 04:33 AM
noodles5124
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: danbury
Posts: 723
When was the last time you had an alignment
noodles5124 is offline  
post #8 of 11 Old 10-01-2013, 07:29 AM
HighLonesome
Belief In All Things Jeep
 
HighLonesome's Avatar
1995 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 6,774
How old are the tires?
HighLonesome is offline  
post #9 of 11 Old 10-01-2013, 07:57 AM
PolkaPower
Registered User
1998 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: The Abyss
Posts: 19,167
You could try putting the front tires in the back to see if it changes things. But Technohead is right, castor can cause the DW. Make sure your pinion angle is correct. Have you had an alignment?
PolkaPower is offline  
post #10 of 11 Old 10-01-2013, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
Pugulis
Registered User
1996 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Long Island
Posts: 1,138
Alignment is good, castor is good (almost spot on 7 degrees). The thing is when I put the lift on 2 years ago, I never did an alignment, but I have rotated the tires. Add that to the fact that I did have bad ball joints, wheel bearing, etc. I didn't replace parts for the hell of it. They were all worn to some extent. There are few things that lead me to believe the tires are the problem; One is that the tires don't roll straight when off the jeep. None of them do at this point. The other is that the DW occurs more when the road is going left. And I noticed that if I hit a big bump and I have the breaks on at the same time, it's almost guaranteed to start DW. In my mind this makes sense with the tires being worn lower on the outside. Wish I had a spare set of tires to check things out. All I have is the spare and to be honest, it's a spare in name only.

[_][]☺[][][]☺[][_] 96' Grand Cherokee Laredo 265,000 miles and still going strong.
Pugulis is offline  
post #11 of 11 Old 10-01-2013, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
Pugulis
Registered User
1996 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Long Island
Posts: 1,138
By the way, when it first started to happen in June, I had an alignment done as well as getting the tires balanced. It actually made it worse. I went from being able to drive at 60, and if it started to wobble all I needed to do was take my foot off the gas, to not being able to do more than 35. After replacing the named parts, I'm able to drive up to 55 again. But I still let my foot off the gas if I know a bump is coming. So really I can only do 50 safely. On fairly good road, I can get her up to 60. But I wouldn't want to go faster.

[_][]☺[][][]☺[][_] 96' Grand Cherokee Laredo 265,000 miles and still going strong.
Pugulis is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.



Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome