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post #1 of 10 Old 08-27-2009, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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Just had my first death wobble "like" experience. Please conferm solution.

Took the Jeep to have the 42k service done. They rotated the tires during the service and I noticed that the front was a little "wobbly" on bumps. I shrugged it off as the tread/tire pressure since the service.

Went on a 750 Mile camping trip, still a little wobbly mostly at about 48 - 50 MPH. Then on the last few miles of the trip on the way home while in slower highway traffic the front went nuts! I could still hold the steering wheel but it was shuddering in my hands hard. I had read on these forums that the only way to stop this wobble was to slow down to a stop. I managed to pull over and it went away at about 10 MPH.

I am going to assume this is the bad tire balance problem and not true death wobble (stock Jeep with different rims and tires in profile). So from what I have read I need to go and have all 4 tires checked and perfectly balanced?

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i just had deathwobble yesterday. it was fixed by a tire balance - my wheels are now mostly made of lead :

get them balanced and you should be good.

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post #3 of 10 Old 08-27-2009, 09:45 AM
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Tire balancing is the first thing to look at.

Death wobble can and does happen to Jeeps with completely stock suspension, steering, wheels, and tires.

Keep in mind that free advice can frequently be worth less than you pay for it.
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Have the tires road force balanced.

Your problem is the tires or the wheels.

A road force balance will tell you if the wheels and tires are still balanced when they have a load on them.
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Is a tire place like Les Schwab good enough to do this work?
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Is a tire place like Les Schwab good enough to do this work?
If they have a tire machine that does road force balance, then yes.

You can search for local shops that have a road force balance machine at this link:

http://www.gsp9700.com/pub/search/findgsp9700.cfm
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Thanks for that link!

Looks like they do, will let you guys know what happens.
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If that doesn't work check your trackbar for tightness or perhaps worn out mounting holes.
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I have to admit Les Schwab is a customer centric place! The did the road force balance and checking of the track-bar for free because the previous owner bought the tires at another Les Schwab (Receipts were in road kit in glove box).

The tech said the tires were in much better balance after he took all the previous weights off! He then of course re balanced them and said the track-bar was nice and tight. The Jeep drives better than ever. I tried to get the conditions to entice Wobble of Death and it just wouldn't do it. Awesome.

Thanks for the tips guys. Case Closed.
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-28-2009, 09:24 AM
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Glad to hear it was only a tire balance issue. Unexpected death wobble is always a pleasant experience.

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