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Unread 06-24-2013, 08:34 AM   #1
Mikebaxter
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Cj7 pulling hard to the right

I've been having this problem since I bought the jeep two months ago. When I go over 40 miles an hour it starts swerving all over the road. Just recently it got worst and now when I go that fast it pulls hard to the right almost making me swerve off the road. When it starts doing it, under the jeep starts making all kinds of noises. I don't know where to start to look or what it could be.

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Unread 06-24-2013, 08:54 AM   #2
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How much are you lifted - leaf springs, body lift, shackles. What's the work history on the ball joints, tie rods ends, and steering linkage? Look up "Jeep death wobble."

Don't drive it until you get this figured out - you could hurt yourself or someone else.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 09:16 AM   #3
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It has a 2 inch body lift and a 3 inch suspension lift with the 35 inch tires. I don't know what's all underneath because the people who had it before me said they redid the front end but so far wverthing that I've been fixing on it has been all rigged together. I not sure if it could be the brakes hanging up, the steering gear box or the bushings. It just started getting bad yesterday and it scares the hell out of me haha
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Unread 06-24-2013, 09:22 AM   #4
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Look up "Jeep Death Wobble."

Chances are very good either your caster was never corrected, or was half-assed and a shim just broke loose.

You've got a lot of work ahead of you - correcting caster and in all likelihood replacing ball joints, tie rod ends, maybe wheel bearings, but the most important thing for now is caster angle.

Again, try not to drive it very far or at speeds over 30mph until you get this sorted out.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 09:56 AM   #5
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I know that I need new yokes and a bigger drive shaft. Do you think that could also cause it?
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Unread 06-24-2013, 10:12 AM   #6
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When it starts doing it, under the jeep starts making all kinds of noises.
This makes me suspect a broken frame or broken suspension parts. broken parts are pretty easy to spot, but the frame will require close inspection.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 02:02 PM   #7
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I always make sure I check steering components with anything I buy used. If everything looks good, I still get it aligned. Just cause it feels straight doesn't mean it is straight.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 03:05 PM   #8
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Check your steering mount up front.
Mine cracked and did exactly what you are talking about.
Ended up going with a Rusty's mount and that took care of everything and it's extremely beefy.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 03:47 PM   #9
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FIRST--Take it to a front in shop for a front end alignment. Untill you do that, your just guess'n and throw'n $$$$ at an UNKNOWN issues.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 05:07 PM   #10
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After I took the tire off to take a look at it I realized that the calipers are broken off the mount and actually wobbling around. I think that the pulling if from that and I'm actually go to take a look at the angle of the driveshaft from the lift because I saw that that can cause the "death wobble."
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Unread 06-24-2013, 06:52 PM   #11
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What you have described is not death wobble and I have never heard of a drive shaft inducing death wobble. Your description sounds like too little positive caster and/or not enough toe in. I think the broken caliper mount was the source of your pull and noises.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 06:56 PM   #12
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What you have described is not death wobble and I have never heard of a drive shaft inducing death wobble. Your description sounds like too little positive caster and/or not enough toe in. I think the broken caliper mount was the source of your pull and noises.
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=caster+death+wobble+CJ
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