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post #1 of 17 Old 01-14-2008, 05:11 AM Thread Starter
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steering wheel shakes

i just got my 00 grand cherokee & i've notice the steering wheel starts to shake really bad when i get to about 40-45mph & then usually stops alittle bit when i hit 55-60mph. It doesn't do this every time but it seems to be happening more often. The alignment doesn't seem to be off!! Does any1 know what the prob might be?

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post #2 of 17 Old 01-14-2008, 05:22 AM
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have you had it in for an alignment? check the balance on the tires as well.

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Have your tires balanced, or rotate them to start off with.

Vibrations come from tire balancing NOT alignment.

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post #4 of 17 Old 01-14-2008, 07:33 AM
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Check your steering dampener, it may be on its way out.

If you dont know what it is, its that shock under the front end of your car that connects to the steering linkages.

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no i haven't checked that out but i will~how do i know if it needs to be replaced?
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A shake like that at specific speeds are almost always tire balance related.

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As others have posted I'd check your alignment and tires checked and balanced.
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post #8 of 17 Old 01-14-2008, 12:30 PM
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no i haven't checked that out but i will~how do i know if it needs to be replaced?
If its either leaking the fluid inside it or there is play in it. To check play, jack up the front of the vehicle and put it on jackstands. Wiggle the wheels left to right (as if you're turning the tires either direction with your hands)

If you feel a slight wobble or some play, wiggle it while looking at the steering dampener. If the steering dampener is moving with ease, its shot. It acts just like a strut. Its hard to compress them quickly, and hard to extend them quickly. If it moves quickly, its bad

Also could be a tire balance issue

Does it get better or worse when you step on the brake when its doing it?

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i just drove it around & it only happens @ about 42-45mph & stops around 50mph. When i stepped on brakes it seemed to stop i think
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Swap the front tires out with the rear. See if the problem goes away altogether or if the problem follows the tire(s).

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OK i will definitely try that first thing
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me too

mine does it real bad after I hit a bump in the road,steering wheel shakes violently then it straightens out...it seems to be doing it more often though.
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and worn shocks.....
or a bent or damaged wheel....
bad tire....
a missing lugnut.....
mud on the inside rim or a blob of grease..

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Have your tires balanced, or rotate them to start off with.

Vibrations come from tire balancing NOT alignment.

NOT true. Caster causes wobble/vibrations.

ever get that shopping cart in the market with that wobbly wheel.... caster.
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mine does it real bad after I hit a bump in the road,steering wheel shakes violently then it straightens out...it seems to be doing it more often though.
That sounds like Death wobble...

Your SS is probably bad if your vehicle is stock
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