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Unread 10-22-2013, 11:00 AM   #1
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Help! Advice Needed on Death Wobble "Fix"

This is a follow-up to a previous thread. I recently experienced "death wobble." Tried fixing it with a new steering damper...no dice. Brought it to Jeep dealer today, and they said an hour-long inspection didn't turn up any clear problems. Their advice is to replace my tires, which do seem to be on their last legs (36,500 city miles). They think that will do the trick, but they're not certain.

My question to you, Jeep Forum sages, is this. Should I:

a) Seek another opinion and see if someone else can fix the Death Wobble? (but where if a Jeep dealer can't?)

b) Replace the tires and hope that, $800 later, that solves the problem?

c) Give up on this Jeep and get another car rather than sink God knows how much money into trying to figure out how to fix this? Seriously...I may abandon Jeeps altogether, although that would kill me.

Seriously, though...what would you do? It's so frustrating not knowing exactly how to fix this. Advice would be seriously appreciated.

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Unread 10-22-2013, 11:14 AM   #2
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Is it death wobble or just shakes?

Have someone in the jeep turn the steering wheel as you are underneath. Every joint should just rotate. If there is any translation then replace it.
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is it a plink plink kerrrrdunk? or more of a brrrrrconk doc doc miiiidge pang!!!? or is it a badonk ka donk? if it is the latter its just the normal fat *** of the JK

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Unread 10-22-2013, 11:18 AM   #3
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Is it death wobble or just shakes?

Have someone in the jeep turn the steering wheel as you are underneath. Every joint should just rotate. If there is any translation then replace it.
This x2 you feel the tie rod drag link n track bar you should be able to feel or see whats bad.

I would assume they checked bjs and psi and tire balancing and castor and toe as that should be easy for them.
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Unread 10-22-2013, 11:22 AM   #4
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It is definitely death wobble. Super violent and won't stop until I stop. Scary stuff on the highway. I'm trusting that the dealer techs are doing the above...
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It is definitely death wobble. Super violent and won't stop until I stop. Scary stuff on the highway. I'm trusting that the dealer techs are doing the above...
Do it yourself. That's the only way to know what you can do to fix it. The thing with death wobble is you can do certain things to check. But at some point you have to start throwing money at it.

I dont think I have ever heard of new tires fixing DW.
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is it a plink plink kerrrrdunk? or more of a brrrrrconk doc doc miiiidge pang!!!? or is it a badonk ka donk? if it is the latter its just the normal fat *** of the JK

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Unread 10-22-2013, 11:28 AM   #6
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It is definitely death wobble. Super violent and won't stop until I stop. Scary stuff on the highway. I'm trusting that the dealer techs are doing the above...
They are not. Otherwise it would be fixed.
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A bad tire will initiate DW but it not the problem. Something is loose or worn out and that is what allows the bad tire to start DW.. Check out Planmans thread on diagnosing DW..
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Is your jeep lifted?
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No...totally stock, I'm sad to say.
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No...totally stock, I'm sad to say.
Hey no worries... It just proves the point that it's not just lifted Vehicles that can be a victim of DW. As I stated previously, check Planmans write up as it is pretty thorough.
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I would do tie rod and ball joints before tires. If you need new tires, you need new tires, but it wont stop it.
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I would put my own hands on it and look at it before just randomly buying stuff.. Have someone steer it back and forth and hold the tie rod, drag link, and track bar also look for slop. Bjs are easy to check also.
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