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post #1 of 8 Old 04-19-2007, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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crazy (death?) wobble while braking

sometimes when i am slowing down, usually if i slow down really quickly, my steering wheel goes crazy. it doesnt happen all the time, but when it does it's a little un-nerving. i just had the tires balanced and that didnt help, so i think if i get it aligned it'll get better. any ideas?

also, i dont know if this is death wobble so let me know if it is.


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post #2 of 8 Old 04-19-2007, 10:05 AM
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I have the same problem.
mine occasionally does the same thing but mine also does while cruising on the highway if I hit a bump just the right way.
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post #3 of 8 Old 04-19-2007, 10:42 AM
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warped rotors

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warped rotors
death wobble occurs while accellerating- not braking.

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post #5 of 8 Old 04-19-2007, 11:04 AM
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Yep, just sounds like you have some severely warped front brake rotors... not Death Wobble.

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post #6 of 8 Old 04-19-2007, 11:35 AM
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sometimes when i am slowing down, usually if i slow down really quickly, my steering wheel goes crazy. it doesnt happen all the time, but when it does it's a little un-nerving. i just had the tires balanced and that didnt help, so i think if i get it aligned it'll get better. any ideas?

also, i dont know if this is death wobble so let me know if it is.
It's not death wobble, but a very close cousin. It typically happens in a mild turn like exiting an offramp and hitting the brakes between 47 to 53 MPH and the steering wheel starts oscillating fairly violently, but controllable when you get below 45 miles per hour.

If that describes your symptoms pretty accurately, you need new front rotors and pads.

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post #7 of 8 Old 04-19-2007, 01:48 PM
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When I first bought mine, I had something going on like that. Hit the brakes on the interstate pretty hard and had this crazy wobble in the front end. Scared the poopy out of me. I had the tires replaced that weekend, though, including balancing and a front end alignment and the problem went away.

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Check your trackbar bolts and make sure they're torqued. I have slightly warped rotors and a loose trackbar on the axle side created that exact wobble. Tightened up the trackbar and I'm back to slightly warped rotors which I need to fix

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