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#100 of 302 Violent Shaking
Oct 06, 2007 (11:44 am)
I am a owner of a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I am scared to death of this jeep. When I hit a bump at any rate of speed my passenger side tire shakes so violently that it feels like its going to come off. When I hit my brakes and slow down or straighten the wheel it stops. I have also noticed the shake when I am on uneven road. My husband has never felt this. It scares me to death. My mechanic says its the bearings in the 4WD because its never been used. That makes no sense to me. Could this be the death wobble (although I wouldnt call it a wobble, its like my wheel is hopping in and out of place). Please excuse me if this is in the wrong place or I explain it like a girl (I am one). I dont want to start at the front and replace everything. I love my jeep. It has over a hundered thousand on it and everything is perfect except my wheel feeling like its gonna fall off. Is it the trac bar I read about on here? Can someone help me, I am at a loss and very fustrated.
#101 of 302 Re: Violent Shaking [krystlewv]
Oct 06, 2007 (3:19 pm)
I would try new track bar first also have him check the upper and lower suspension bushings
#102 of 302 Re: Violent Shaking [krystlewv]
Oct 06, 2007 (5:53 pm)
Could this be the death wobble ...
The so-called death wobble usually only occurs above a certain speed (or within a speed range) but otherwise the symptoms you describe fit. It's a well-known problem and I would have it looked into right away by a good mechanic.
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#103 of 302 Re: 2000 Jeep Cherokee Shaking [2000jeep]
Oct 09, 2007 (9:39 am)
I had the same problem with my GrandCherokee Laredo 2000. Reading this forum I decided to replace the steering damper with no success, I still got the violent shaking. Recently I replaced the power steering high pressure hose (which I purchased from Adv Auto Parts- $45.00), and problem disappeared, no more shaking.
#105 of 302 98 Cherokee sport 4X4 rear spring wrap
Oct 11, 2007 (9:45 pm)
98 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4x4 auto.
I am getting really bad spring wrap when I come to a stop. and them release my brakes.
Is this a common problem?
How do I stop it?
It is really annoying!!!!!!!!!
#106 of 302 Re: Front end shakes violently [teberts]
Oct 16, 2007 (6:03 am)
I have a 2000 jeep cherokee. I just replaced the track bar last week and it made my problem worse. I never had the "death shake" before. I only experienced minor shake. I talked to a mechanic and he suggested the track bar. I am scared to drive my jeep now.
#107 of 302 Re: Violent Shaking [tuggajb]
Oct 16, 2007 (6:15 am)
"Death Shake". I was experiencing minor shake problems. I was told by a mechanic to change the track bar. We changed it and now I am experiencing the "death shake". It only happens on uneven roads at higher speeds 60+. The unevenness has to be consitent, within a short distance of the next unevenness, for the "death shake" to occur. Do you have any advice? Oh I also have a steering stabilizer shock that is less than 1 year old.
#108 of 302 Re: 2000 Jeep Cherokee Shaking [mattbradley]
Oct 16, 2007 (6:21 am)
It seems that most 'death rattles' are caused by loose or worn parts. From what I've read in here and my one experience it seems to be worn bolts or mounting areas.
My 'death shake' was cured by replacing the steering stablizer (thing that looks like a shock absorber attatched to the steering). The rubber mount at the one end was worn, and I could easily shake it back & forth by hand. Even when I replaced it, I noticed the one mounting bolt was a bit worn.
So, my recomendation, for what it's worth, is to get some replacement bolts (of proper grade steel) and change the mounting bolts for the stablizer bar & steering stablizer. At the same time, check for worn rubber mounts.
This may or may not cure it, but it sure is the least expensive thing to try, and, again, after reading the other postings here, it seems to be the cure for many of the problems.
Also, make sure you check the recommendations in here ( I believe it's posting #60 ) about how to check for a loose stablizer bar.
#109 of 302 Re: Cherokee Sport with 1.5" lift and driveline vibration [mac376]
Oct 21, 2007 (11:52 pm)
Depending on what size of tires you are running, there should be little or no vibration, but if it is not a throw you off the road vibration, then live with it is the cheapest solution.
Mine was solved for a few years by swapping out the trac bar. Then it came back, and it has been there for four years now, with absolutely no other issues other than an annoying vibration between 50-57 miles per hour, so I just ignore it now.
Its a Jeep thing, and I have 2inches of lift on that model, and removed my limiters front and rear too fix it, no avail, just scary if I hit the brakes in a corner while trailering.....
Keep the rubber side pointed down, or at least sideways.