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post #1 of 30 Old 08-25-2008, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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2008 JK DEATH WOBBLE 9,500 miles

Driving down highway at 65 when we went over a bridge expansion joint wobble started, then went over next joint and had no control over stearing. Pulled off at next exit called Chrysler. Dealer ship was down the street had problem fixed in 2 hours even though they did not sell jeeps. Mechanic and service manager where great. Both said that the little stock stabilizer was nowhere near what it should have came with. Both front tires scalloped so it has been leaking for a while. jeep is right hand drive too deliver mail i.e. low speed driving. You wouldn't notice anything until you get up to about 55mph. Called jeep and they gave me a government number to call and report problem,that was a little strange to me. Good for you jeep. Working on getting new tires. Anybody else having same problem? CHECK THAT STABILIZER.

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post #2 of 30 Old 08-25-2008, 06:28 PM
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Thanks for the heads up! A lot of people have complained about that on this forum. Hopefully this will help a lot of them.

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did i read right that you have a right side drive jk?

Lucky bastar.....
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Why is he lucky? I'd drive on the wrong side of the road if I was in a right side JK :P
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id make sure you check your trac bar bolts. This is what the cause of death wobble is from. Many vehicles DO NOT even come with steering stabilizers. All the dealer did was cover the problem not FIX the problem

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my trac bar is perfectly tight and my stabilzer has started to seep. My JK started to wobble at high speeds over bumps about 2 weeks ago. I am getting a new stabilzer. I don't trust a tiny stabilizer made for 32's with a 4 inch lift and 35's... starting to leak at 8000 miles... bad ju ju.

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This has been covered a million times and I'm sure this topic will continue to surface until Jeeps stop coming with solid front axles.

Truth is that your steering stabilizer is not the cause of, nor the fix for death wobble. Your suspension should (and will) operate normally without any steering stabilizer at all.
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Causes of death wobble:

1) Loose steering components - usually front track bar (be sure to check passenger side)
2) Out of balance wheels/tires
3) Bad alignment
4) A combination of more than one of the above
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It's not the stabilizer, mine has been to the dealer multiple times, has had the stabilizer replaced, reps & DC Tech's have looked at it, bolts torqued, bushings checked, alignment checked, etc, etc, problem still exists.
What's the possibility of it being the Goodyear Wrangler tires??
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It's not the stabilizer, mine has been to the dealer multiple times, has had the stabilizer replaced, reps & DC Tech's have looked at it, bolts torqued, bushings checked, alignment checked, etc, etc, problem still exists.
What's the possibility of it being the Goodyear Wrangler tires??
Try swapping in a set of your buddies tires and see if that solves the issue.
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Search the NHTSA complaint database to see the number of complaints on this issue also:

http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/complaints/index.cfm
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Try swapping in a set of your buddies tires and see if that solves the issue.
that's what i was thinking. if you have no other places to check, maybe your tires are bad.

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Shimmy

If you are experiencing shimmy you need to replace you steering damper. It is either damaged or has malfunctioned (i.e losing fluid). In addition you should check the balance on your tires and rebalacne if necessary. You do not need tires you need a new steering damper.
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If you are experiencing shimmy you need to replace you steering damper. It is either damaged or has malfunctioned (i.e losing fluid). In addition you should check the balance on your tires and rebalacne if necessary. You do not need tires you need a new steering damper.
this is the second time i've seen you blatantly post bad information.

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Once again, steering stabilizer replaced, wheels balanced, bolts torqued, bushings checked, ect., etc., etc., problem still exists. The tough part is finding 4 new tires to replace & try. My previous Jeep had BFG AT's & no problem with those.
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