I just purchased a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo has the 5.2 with full time 4x4. Dana 30 front and rear, about on 180k. Has stock rims with 235/65/15s. I bought this from my parents after they owned it a year but never really used it, it was a back up vehicle. My father replaced the drag link because the ball joint on the end was bad, he purchased this from Advance Auto. After this they experienced a wobble, but it happened very rarely.
On my first trip with it down to drill I experienced a Death Wobble, it was so bad it bent the front drag link. After drill I decided screw it, I'll drive it home. As soon as I hit the highway I went over a bridge and it wobbled and snapped the drag link in half.
Unfortunately I lost all steering and ended up in the median. Not having triple AAA I began searching for a tow to my home 3 hours away. I could not find one, the police did not deem me an emergency since I was not technically wrecked or blocking traffic. So there I sat all night...
My father showed up the next morning with a new drag link from Advance Auto, we replaced it and I made it almost all the way home before experiencing another violent shake, that again bent the new drag link. I managed to limp it home and began searching for the cause.
Replaced the right side upper and lower ball joints, cv axle, and hub.
To my surprise this still didn't fix the problem. Everything appears tight, no bad bushing or ball joints.
My steering stabilizer; it has pressure, but is leaking. I will be replacing that, and the bearing on the bottom of steering box has some play in them as well.
My question to ya'll is:
Could the aftermarket drag links I've been receiving from Advance be causing this wobble. Even with bad ball joint on the end of the drag link this Jeep didn't have this problem until the drag link was replaced.
You might be able to get a laugh outta my bad luck: