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Unread 08-03-2010, 02:59 PM   #1
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1999 Grand Cherokee problem

I'm new to Jeeps and I've just purchased a 1999 Grand Cherokee and am having a slight issue with it. between 50-60 mph the steering wheel shakes rather intensely, the issue is not break related and i've already replaced the tie rods and the dampener. Is this a common problem or would anyone know how to fix it?
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Unread 08-03-2010, 03:11 PM   #2
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Could be any number of things. Some things to check and fix:
-Wheel/tire balance
-Trackbar bushings
-Trackbar mounting brackets
-Wheel hub/bearings
-Tie rod ends (you said you replaced the tie rod, or the ends?). Make sure to check all 4 on the tie rod AND the drag link
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Unread 08-03-2010, 03:20 PM   #3
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how would you know if its the trackbar bushings/mounting brackets?
and yes i did replace the tie rod ends
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Unread 08-03-2010, 03:23 PM   #4
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The trackbar bushings, especially if original, could look very worn or cracked. The thing to look for in the brackets are to see if the bolt holes are ovaled, which would allow for a lot of movement.

Unfortunately, I don't believe anyone sells replacement trackbar bushings for the OE trackbar. You either buy another complete OE trackbar with new bushings, or an aftermarket trackbar/bushings for lifted Jeeps.

I'd personally start with the low-hanging fruit and see if the tires/wheels need to be rebalanced first off, then get into the other parts. Believe me, about 90% of WJ owners have had some sort of wobble on the front end at some point.
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Unread 08-03-2010, 06:06 PM   #5
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I had the same prob, a good idea is to have someone wiggle you're steering wheel while you're under the front and check every bushing, rod end, and ball joint for any play. Mine ended up being poor balancing/alignment plus not having my track bar bolt super ****ing tight. the price you pay for a solid front diff I suppose.
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