Hi TV Ken in SF
, nice to have you on here. Unfortunately, you posted this thread in completely the wrong area of this site. I encourage a Moderator to please relocate it. (Thanks, guys!)
I watched the news article. Nicely done, and a good length - too often news articles are such a cursory feature that presenters just rattle through them before one can even blink.
While the use of the term "Death Wobble" might be alarming (one might even say 'sensational') to some viewers and unfairly prejudice them against Jeep products, I think it is fair considering that many Jeepers do also use the tongue-in-cheek expression.
Someone above used the term "Harmonic vibration", which is pretty close, but the correct term is actually that this is due to the incidence of a "Resonant frequency" being established in the system formed by the solid front axle, the steering linkages, the suspension, and the various dampers that are interspersed throughout the system to reduce such problems as you describe.
I have driven Jeeps for years without ever encountering this problem, but your article appears to imply that this condition is endemic and widely-experienced. It is most certainly not.
I know that TV news media make money from hype, and I don't blame them. If there's cash on the table, anyone would be a fool to leave it there. To make money from sensationalist defamation
is, however, another matter. In SF, I'm sure the auto industry seems provincial and rather grubby, but here in the rust belt we give a damn what we build! I teach welders, auto mechanics, diesel technicians, drafters, programmers, electronic techs, computer techs, and I'll THANK YOU not to defame their employers throughout the state of Ohio, whether they be in Toledo building Jeep Wranglers, in Marysville building Hondas, or a hundred other places manufacturing parts for those and many other supply chains around this country and the world.
Now, go do whatever it is you do in SF and stop pestering people who work
for a living.