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Unread 08-22-2007, 04:13 PM   #1
Derek33
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need help diagnosing my DW

My DW occured after i first installed longer LCA's.

I thought it was a coincidence and was my left ball joint because i knew it was going bad.

the DW occurs only when my left front tire hits a decent sized bump. nothing occurs when both tires hit a big bump, or the right front tire hits a big bump, and not at any specific speed. only with the drivers front tire.

my ball joints are new, the CA bolts are tight,.

what could cause DW only on one side of the jeep?

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Unread 08-22-2007, 04:25 PM   #2
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I just started having the same problem but only when both my tires hit a good bump my wheel shakes hard from side to side for a few seconds.
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Unread 08-22-2007, 04:30 PM   #3
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some more info.

my left front wheel was sitting at an angle (like it would with a bad ball joint)

i put new ball joints in the left and right today, and the left tire still sits at an angle.

would it be a bad wheel bearing?
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Unread 08-22-2007, 04:35 PM   #4
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Jack the left front wheel off the ground and check for play. Do you know if your toe is aligned?
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Unread 08-22-2007, 04:37 PM   #5
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no play, my toe should be aligned decently.
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Unread 08-22-2007, 06:10 PM   #6
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i have a feeling that the reason my left wheel is angled outwords even after new ball joints may be the reason for the DW
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Unread 08-22-2007, 07:35 PM   #7
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check your tie rod ends on the driver side?. if your toe is off on the one tire that could cause dw, maybe think about getting your alignment checked out
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Unread 08-22-2007, 09:24 PM   #8
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that would make sense, i havent gotten a legit alignment since i installed the rustys tie rod conversion. although ive had that installed and didnt have dw for a while untill i got the new arms
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