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Unread 03-06-2007, 06:32 AM   #1
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is it death wobble or death steer

Just want to know the right term. Is it death steer or death wobble? I had it and fixed it but dont remember the right term.

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Unread 03-06-2007, 07:28 AM   #2
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Death Wobble would be the one.



Death steer = a vengeful one-time prize bull that was castrated in a whiskey-induced freak hunting accident. Now a fugitive from the law, he stalks and horribly mutilates any Texan who dares to display a rifle in the rear cab window of his pick-up.

(Sorry - couldn't resist)
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Unread 03-06-2007, 07:36 AM   #3
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Thanks. Also spelling was never my strong point. We need spell check on jeep forum. Thanks for the info.
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Unread 03-06-2007, 07:48 AM   #4
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You're welcome.

About the other term - I just had never heard it before, and being a farm boy who watched too many scary movies as a kid - it conjured up a humorous image when I read it, that's all.

No offense intended - honest.
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Unread 03-06-2007, 11:56 AM   #5
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The usual terms are death wobble and bump steer. Entirely different "animals."
Death wobble is uncontrolled shaking of the front end, from a tire that's gone postal. Usually caused by a combination of things in your front end that are a little off/looose/worn, the combination of which makes damping control of the axle/tires marginal. Once it starts the oscillation generally feeds itself and gets bigger and wilder. Scary as hell and could actually cause a loss of control.
Bump steer is when is when your steering component geometry isn't optimum and undulations in the road which cycle the suspension cause either the direction the wheels are pointing to vary with the bumps or gives enough feedback to the steeering wheel that it moves with the bumps. Annoying either way, but generally harmless. Bump steer is death steer's laid back cousin...
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