In the last week or so I've noticed that my steering wheel (and I'm assuming font wheels) shimmies back and forth for a few seconds after I hit a bump. These are NY roads, so by bump I mean jarring bump, not smooth bump. I have a 2"BB, 1.25"BL and 1"BMML and 31" AT's. I'm going in for a front end alignment tomorrow (complements of Firestone's lifetime alignment, best $110 I've ever spent ) but should I have them check the front tires for being balanced properly too? Would an after market steering stabilizer help? I don't think theres a mechanical problem causing this because its a recent development. Probably something just thrown out of whack while wheeling? What are your guy's thoughts?
edit: Forgot to mention that this is all happening when I'm traveling somewhere in the neighborhood of 55mph.
I have the same thing on my '02 with stock suspension. It was really bad -- violently bad -- and it turned out that I had broken a sway bar end link. With that replaced it pretty much went away, but it still there very faintly. If you find anything out let us know!
Talked to my mechanic today and he's pretty confident that its just my stock steering stabilizer on its way out. Any recommendations for an after market replacement that won't burn a huge hole in my wallet?
Any heavy duty stabilizer will do, just put a Superlift Stabilizer on mine yesterday. They all run about $50. Mine was not easy, could not get the old one off. The bolt through the rod had to be grinded off & drilled out. The new shock came with a new bolt.
steering stabilizer fixed a problem i had like that as well
use a pitman arm puller to pull your old one off, just go slow, and i would recommend leaving the nut on the bolt on the last couple of threads, just short of removing it. when it lets go, its a LOT of released energy.
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One trip from LI to NYC is the equivalent to a trip out west in the mountains!
I contend that one mile driven on the BQE is worse for your Jeep than a week of wheeling anywhere in the country
As far as my steering shimmy goes, I had the Jeep aligned today and the toe was actually out quite a bit, so its riding a lot better now. Ordered a new stabilizer from Rusty's too so hopefully that will get me back to being shimmy free!
Heres an update for anyone who is following along:
I replaced the steering stabilizer with one from Rusty's today and it seems to have eliminated the shimmy. The old stabilizer is obviously worn out because I can pull it in and out very easily by hand. The steering feels much less sloppy now (even though I didn't think it felt sloppy to begin with) and the wheel stays centered when going over bumps.
The install took all of a half hour. Using a pitman arm puller to get the tapered bolt out of the drag link really helped also. And, for once it was nice to have a project go exactly as planned, with no complications, and have a problem fixed for only $43 .