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post #1 of 9 Old 12-30-2012, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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Death Wobble or NOT????

So I have a 1997 TJ with a rough country 2.5 lift and steering stabilizer and adj tracks. I have add a issue when driving about 40 mph and hit a few minor road bumps, small little road bump. If I turn left while going over the bumps my jeep goes into a sort of hop. Is this a minor death wobble? Its only happens on the right passenger side when turning slightly to the left and driving. I have read online to replace the steering stabilizer, can I test it to see if its bad. Thanks for the help on this guys!

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post #2 of 9 Old 12-30-2012, 11:30 AM
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There is no minor death wobble. Either it's a holy crap I'm gonna die thing or not. I've never experienced death wobble turning. Only while going straight, usually hitting some sort of bump like a bridge deck or train track. I'd suspect you may have some worn out components that may develop into death wobble.

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post #3 of 9 Old 12-30-2012, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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My steering has recently felt a little looser than usual. I am gona rotate and balance the tires and replace the stabilizer. And see if that helps.

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post #4 of 9 Old 12-30-2012, 01:02 PM
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check control arm bushings. Trackbar mounting bolts should be tight and bushings in good shape.

Check condition of your ball joints.

Then get a balance/alignment.

Do all this before replacing steering stabilizer.
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post #5 of 9 Old 12-30-2012, 06:42 PM
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post #6 of 9 Old 12-30-2012, 08:43 PM
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Does this happen only in 2wd? Or both. Balance or tires check and see if our track bar is worn out, also for the steering dampener u can take it off and see if u can compress it by hand if u can then that's ur problem.

As said before check ur control arm bushings I had a shaking hop with my jeep in 4x4 while turning or accelerating from a dead stop in 4x4 I got a shake and a hop kinda and it was my control arm it only did it in 4x4 tho
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post #7 of 9 Old 12-30-2012, 10:54 PM
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Both times I've had death wobble it was the track bar bushing.

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post #8 of 9 Old 01-08-2013, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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Ill check all that yes this only happens in 2wd havent tried it in 4wd. I will take off that damper and see what I can do thanks again!!!!

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post #9 of 9 Old 01-08-2013, 09:04 PM
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Do a dry steering test. Have somebody turn the steering wheel back and forth enough to make the tires turn a little each way. while this is being done, watch what is going on with your front end components. any side to side movement on your tracbar means you need a new bushing there. The LCA bushings are usually good in the stock LCAs, but if this has been going on for a long time for you, it can accelerate other components' wear. A bad trac bar bushing will make your steering feel sloppy as well.
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