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May 07, 2008 (4:49 pm)
HI .. I have a Jeep Wrangler..2005..I and lately it has been having this bad shaking when i get up to 50 miles an hour.. it starts to plain of around 60 or so.. It has only happened a few times.. so i didn't think anything of it.. but today it was bad!!! It felt like the front tires were going shake right of the jeep... the steering wheel also shook a lot!! .. What do you think the problem is? The tire pressure is fine, and the tread on the tires are fine also!! I think the tires are the original.. they came with the jeep.. What do you think it is!! Thanks
#1272 of 1888 Re: Help... getting the "Death Wobble" [gsyoung1960]
May 07, 2008 (4:58 pm)
HI MY NAME IS TRACY AND IM HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM.. DID YOU FIND OUT WHY THIS IS HAPPENING? I WAS GOING AROUND 50 AND I THOUGHT THE FRONT WHEELS WERE GOING TO FALL OFF .. THE STEERING WHEEL ALSO!! THANKS TRACY
#1273 of 1888 Death Wobble
May 08, 2008 (9:53 am)
has been covered a LOT in the Jeep Wrangler forum. May want to search there. But it boils down to a few things:
1. Is your Jeep lifted?
2. You running larger tires?
3. Verify alignment and tire balance is good, especially with larger tires.
4. Verify all linkages are tight:
Both ends of the tie rod.
Drag link ends.
5. Verify that the knuckles and CV joints are still in good shape. If you jack up the jeep, you should be able to wiggle the tire just a TINY bit. If it wobbles when you grab top and bottom and move back forth (in and out). Joints may be worn.
#1274 of 1888 2005 Wrangler Spews Coolant
May 18, 2008 (8:35 am)
Can anyone help with this?
During the last Cali heat wave I was driving home with the AC on high, and my '05 Wrangler spewed coolant out the overflow and down the side of the vehicle. I never noticed the heat gauge going much above 210. It did this same thing last summer ('07) on a trip to Oregon going through a very hot Redding. At that time I got to Oregon and replaced the thermostat just in case. It hadn't done it since, but I hadn't been in a situation where I was running fast at freeway speeds, in high temp. (95 degrees or higher) and was running the AC on full. I found a TSB Bulletin # 1801404 on a google search - but can't get the website to come up that speaks to it. One last thing, when I got home and parked it continued to gurgle a bit in the radiator or hoses. Any help anyone can give me before I take it to the shop would be appreciated.
#1275 of 1888 Re: 2005 Wrangler Spews Coolant [tgpbidder]
May 19, 2008 (5:01 am)
- clog in the system somewhere
- too much air causing bubbles to run fluid to overflow
- water pump going bad?
I'd recommend a good flush and inspection of the system.
#1276 of 1888 98 wrangler lunges
May 27, 2008 (10:52 am)
My 98 wrangler seems to have trouble getting fuel a few min after starting it. It sputters so i give it a more gas and it powers through. After a few cycles of this, sputtering and lunging, it goes away and runs fine. When it is sputtering i push the clutch in so as to ease the lunges and it barely keeps idling and after a few seconds it corrects itself back up to normal idle rpms. I changed out the crank position sensor because i did a resistance check on the old one and got an open circuit (infinite ohms). The manual calls out a spec of about 250 ohms. I checked the new one before installing it and it was in spec. After the swap my jeep still exhibits the same symptoms. Is there a camshaft sensor on a 98 wrangler? I also changed my plugs and it didnt help. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated!
#1277 of 1888 Re: 98 wrangler lunges [mclarke06]
May 27, 2008 (2:41 pm)
My 98 did the same thing 2 years ago, and I changed and tried everything until I found this forum. After following Mac24's advice.it has ran like a top ever since and a lot of local mechanics are following the same advice. Do you hear an exhaust leak on you exhaust manifold? What is happening is they have been known to crack. As your engine warms up, the crack expands and contracts, letting air into your exhuast. This air makes your O2 senser make the adjustments that it thinks it needs but doesn't, changing your fuel mixture causing the sputtering. usually after you reach operating temperature, it quits sputtering. I changed the exhuast manifold and put on a new O2 sensor for good measure and have not had a problem in 2 years now. Let me know how it works out for you.
#1278 of 1888 Re: 98 wrangler lunges [saharasteve]
May 28, 2008 (4:11 am)
Sounds about right. May want to see if you have any OBDII codes in your system. Mine ran like that too but it was a faulty throttle position sensor (due to excessive mud O:) ).
#1279 of 1888 Re: 98 wrangler lunges [mclarke06]
May 28, 2008 (4:25 am)
And just to add to the fun, yes there's a camshaft position sensor on a '98. It's in the base of the distributor.
#1280 of 1888 Re: 98 wrangler lunges [saharasteve]
May 29, 2008 (5:37 am)
Yeah my exhaust manifold cracked a three years ago with a replacement from jeep. That cracked about a year later. So i replaced the manifold with a stainless steel aftermarket manifold and its held up fine since. I will replace the O2 anyway. If that doesnt do it i guess the camshaft sensor or the throttle position sensor is next in line. Thanks for the info!