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#775 of 1888 new to forum
Mar 12, 2007 (3:12 pm)
Hi i am new to the whole online forum stuff but I am having a real problem with my 2003 wrangler. When driving through town or at a max speed of 45mph my jeep runs fine. When I go about 50mph or faster and I hit a small bump in the road my jeep shakes viloently and i have to pull over and start out slow again. I took it to the dealership before I got deployed and they replaced some parts in the steering and tested a lot of other stuff, and eventually told me that it was my tires. now that I am back from my deployment I want to get my jeep running good but I don't want to waste money on tires if it wont fix the problem. Any suggestions.
#776 of 1888 Re: new to forum [cornut]
Mar 13, 2007 (6:14 am)
Sure sounds like death wobble.
There are many known causes, but nothing concrete.
Tie rod ends for play and wear
ALL joints in your steering
Is your jeep lifted? If so, what steering components have been replaced?
#777 of 1888 Re: new to forum [cornut]
Mar 13, 2007 (9:42 am)
Never had this happen with stock size tires.
Used to have a similar problem back in the big tire days.
14x35's and bigger...balancing took pounds of lead not oz.
Just a little bump and the old Jeep would shake like a washing machine on speed.
Maybe you can borrow a set of tires and wheels to test out the tire out of balance theory.
Hey if you were out of country a while you deserve a new set of tires and wheels at the very least. Treat yourself and welcome home.
Mar 13, 2007 (5:43 pm)
Thanks for the advice. I have already had the Steering stabilizer replaced, so maybe the alignment and new tires will work.
#779 of 1888 STUPID QUESTION
Mar 15, 2007 (4:16 am)
CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHERE MY THERMOSTAT IS LOCATED IN MY 97 WRANGLER SE?
#780 of 1888 Re: STUPID QUESTION [moe14]
Mar 15, 2007 (5:21 am)
#781 of 1888 Re: STUPID QUESTION [erickpl]
Mar 15, 2007 (5:22 am)
Sorry for smart alec post above, but I couldn't resist.
Seriously, please turn off the caps. I don't like being yelled at this early in the morning.
If you follow your upper radiator hose to the metal area just behind the fan... remove that assembly (after draining the coolant). It is in there. I'll even shoot a pic of my 97 SE's engine to show you (but the engine needs a SERIOUS cleaning... you've been warned!
A Haynes manual would cover that basic one for ya, but a Factory Service Manual would be GREAT if you plan on more detailed repairs/maintenance down the road.
#782 of 1888 Re: STUPID QUESTION [erickpl]
Mar 15, 2007 (5:34 am)
Sorry about the caps, and thank you very much. A picture wont be necessary I know exactly where your talking about. Thanks again.
#783 of 1888 Re: STUPID QUESTION [erickpl]
Mar 15, 2007 (5:51 am)
Here it is. It is behind the grey portion. Even though you didn't need it, others may have a similar question, so posting the pic is worthwhile.
Removing the hoses and sensors is step 2 (draining is step 1). Remove that front bolt. Remove assembly. The tstat gasket may be holding it on, so using a rubber mallet to strike it gently will break that t-stat housing loose.
You'll need a new t-stat gasket when you reattach everything, so you may as well put in a new t-stat at the same time.
Hope that helps.
#784 of 1888 problem with the gauges... and rattle
Mar 17, 2007 (10:46 pm)
hey, I need help please -
I have an 1998 wrangler and my gauges wouldn't work for about five minutes while driving, they do now but I dont want this probelm happening again, also, theres a rattle under the jeep and its annoying. so if you guys have any answers with the gauges and rattle please reply. thanks