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#258 of 302 Re: death wobble? Suggestions welcome! [allan_62]
Aug 29, 2010 (4:52 am)
This is 90% caused from front upper and lower ball joints. Brake calipers is another problem but usually it is the ball joinnts. all are defective i own a 2003 jgc and it is starting to show signs of the wobble on highway when applying brakes. in my case it is probably both the calipers and ball joints. oN my 2003 there is also a ball joint in the rear of the vehicle right underneath the rear pinion assembly. The noise when i hit a hole or bumb sounds like bad shocks but it is not..good luck
#259 of 302 Re: death wobble? Suggestions welcome! [rlipcz01]
Aug 29, 2010 (2:30 pm)
Thanks for the help! I originally replaced the brakes, shocks, struts. Took it out for a test driver and - you guessed it - the death wobble was still there. Next I replaced the stabilizer shock. (My first mechanic considered it an "optional" sort of off road thing and my JGC is never off road). Anyway. So far so good. Took it to the area that always triggered the wobble and zip. It does, however, seem like I can feel every little pebble in the road - but no wobble. It might be the fact the the front end is nice and tight now and the new shocks are stiff. I'm still considering having a look at the ball joints -just in case as that occurred to me too. Time will tell. I love my jeep so I hope that's the end of the cash bleed for now! Good luck!
#260 of 302 Sway in the steering
Sep 17, 2010 (6:57 am)
I have a problem with jeep control. I have a 2003 jgc, tires fairly new, rotated every 5000 miles and jeep as been aligned twice recently. Now the problem. On a three lane highway- center lane being flat- right and left lane being angled slightly. If I am in the center lane jeep drives fine- straight- if I am in left lane depending on slope of lane the "JEEP" on the steering wheel points to 12:30 maybe 1:00. If I am in the right lane the "JEEP" points to 11:30 maybe 11:00 again depending on slope of lane. Any ideas what I need to do to fix this problem? All new rotors and brakes same time alignment took place.Maybe a month ago...new shocks about 6 months ago. I have no death wobble.....no noises....thanks in advance for any advice or help to correct this problem and may everyone have a safe and good weekend
#261 of 302 Re: Sway in the steering [bradyr]
Sep 22, 2010 (8:15 pm)
Me wife owns a 2003 jgc and the steering wheel on hers is the same. straight ahead if road is flat. if you look up chrysler bulletin reports it says it all. Many jeeps are experiencing the same effects of this problem. No recalls though, unless still under warranty. One of th problems is the upper front ball joints, but could be both upper and lower ball joints. The rear of the vehicle also has a ball joint but it is under the rear differential. If you ever noticed in the cold weather a noise in the back when going over bumps or pot holes, sounds like the shocks bottom ed out, the rear ball joint needs to be replaced.
#264 of 302 94 AWD Jeep Cherokee Makes a Vibration or grinding in the front like a flat
Sep 26, 2010 (7:13 am)
I just recently go a 94 Cherokee AWD. Drives nice except while going around 45 to 55 It will start feeling and sounding like I got a flat on the front passenger side. Vibrating and makeing the thud thud noise. It will pull to the right while doing so.. And the faster I go it will then just start grinding. It comes in and out of it though while continueing to drive. In town driving seems ok and it takes a few before it starts on a long road doing 45 to 50. Thought we smelt gear oil but all is still full soon none leaking. Just needs some help cause its hard to drive while doing this stuff.
#265 of 302 1995 JGC - Low speed steering issue
Oct 05, 2010 (7:19 am)
1995 JGC, full time 4wd, 5.2L V8. On very tight turns at low speed, such as going into or out of a parking space, there is a grinding and thumping problem with the front end at full steering lock. I figure that this is caused by the "inside" front wheel being forced to rotate the same as the "outside" front wheel, and the inside tire is not happy about this. The car has full-time 4wd. I've greased the front end and checked the front axle fluid level. Any ideas on a fix?
Oct 08, 2010 (8:18 pm)
These Jeep Cherokees are infamous for their death wobble. I have owned 6. Once you add any lift to your cherokee or oversize tires (31 inch) you assure that you are going to have death wobble. The absence of an actual frame unibody construction makes it diffcult to assure a smooth ride with an elevated suspension/larger tires. It should be noted that the Jeep Cherokee is superior in it's 4 wheel drive with it's Dana axles but the trade off is it's inferior handleling. it is definitely worth the trade off as the Cherokee is supreme in snow. Try rotating your wheels and/or balancing tires, but be advised that the only way to avoid death woble is to stay with factory lift and tires.
#267 of 302 Re: Front end shakes violently [ohioreb2]
Nov 18, 2010 (6:38 pm)
Sorry for the slow response. I was fine with the trackbar fix for awhile, until I hit one really, really bad angled seam in a bridge. Voila, return of the deathe wobble. I tried fixing the ball joints (upper and lower) as well as the front wheel bearings. This reduced the severity, but it was still there. What seems to have finally fixed the issue was replacing the tie rod ends from the pitman arm, the drag link and the inner and outer tie rod ends (I went ahead and threw on a new steering stabilizer when I was replacing the drag link as well). In the stock XJ steering you have these four tie rod ends and I think all that play adds up. Everyone's mileage will vary and there never seems to be one simple fix. Sometimes it can be bad shocks too (I replaced those too, watch out for frozen bolts in the rears). But the biggest change seemed to come from replacing the tie rod ends in my case. Good luck with your fix!