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Unread 04-06-2009, 07:12 AM   #1
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steering wheel moving left to right

Hi, my steering wheel rotates left to right, back and forth, kind of quickly, when i'm driving about 40mph. it doesnt really pull the jeep at all, i'm not sure what it is.

Also, i hear a small rumble when i come to a complete stop.

Thanks for any help you can be...

I have a stock 04 rubicon.

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Unread 04-06-2009, 07:15 AM   #2
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The steering wheel shimmy is most likely a tire problem.

Try rotating the tires front to rear and see if it changes.
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Unread 04-06-2009, 07:56 AM   #3
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i rotated them the other day and it's still there.
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Unread 04-06-2009, 08:07 AM   #4
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How many miles are on the tires and when was the last time they were balanced?

Have you checked anything in the front end yet?

If not, next thing I would do is have someone turn the steering wheel back and forth while you watch underneath.
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Unread 04-06-2009, 08:27 AM   #5
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about 20k, maybe it's time for a balancing...

i'll try what you suggested as well. thanks for the help!
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Yea, you are due for a balance.

I wasn't really clear before, but when you do the test I described above, do it with the Jeep off and the wheels on the ground.

Then watch both ends of the track bar, the tie rod ends, and all the other steering related parts for any slop.
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Isn't it possible too, if you're tires were just rotated, that maybe they wore funny? i'm pretty positive that could cause the odd vibrations.
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Unread 04-06-2009, 09:34 AM   #8
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they definitely wore funny because they're very loud now... i usually learn my lessons the hard way
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Hi, my steering wheel rotates left to right, back and forth, kind of quickly, when i'm driving about 40mph. it doesnt really pull the jeep at all, i'm not sure what it is.

Also, i hear a small rumble when i come to a complete stop.

Thanks for any help you can be...

I have a stock 04 rubicon.
I had the same problem when i had my mtr's and my rubi was stock too.

your problem is tires, mtr's are rough
i had the rumble too and had new front rotors and pads put on and that went away

hope that helps
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they definitely wore funny because they're very loud now... i usually learn my lessons the hard way
Did you switch any tires from left to right side?

Aggressive tires get much louder when you rotate like this. If you're doing a 5 tire rotation, there is no way to avoid it.

If you're doing a 4 tire rotation, keeping the tires on the same sides will keep them quiter as they wear.
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Unread 04-06-2009, 09:40 AM   #11
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they were loud before and after the rotation. i rotated using the x pattern. i'll try switching them to the other sides. thanks
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Is the steering wheel twitching left/right in sync with any bumps/dips in the road? If so, do you have a dropped Pitman arm installed?
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Mine does this right after I had my tires rotated and balanced. However it does it only between 50-55 mph. The steering wheel moves left to right about 1/4" and it shimmies the steering wheel only. No vibes on the Jeep or anything. I just chalked it up as I need a currie tie rod and draglink. LOL Good excuse at least.
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Mine does this right after I had my tires rotated and balanced. However it does it only between 50-55 mph. The steering wheel moves left to right about 1/4" and it shimmies the steering wheel only.
I'd blame that on the balancing. Yes I know you just had it done but so does mine if my local tire jocks are rushed and don't take their time to get them balanced perfectly. My steering wheel shimmies if they don't balance my tires on their more-timely-to-use Road Force tire balance machine. I used to have to return back to my local Discount Tire store twice to get the balance right unless I INSISTED they use the Road Force balance machine. Now I insist they use it the first time and I never have to come back twice to get it right so it doesn't shimmy.
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