We often repair and modify Jeep SUVs. The Jeep brand, after all, is a staple among off-road performance vehicles. Some Jeep owners, however, have cautioned other owners to be on the lookout for what they term the Jeep Death Wobble. This is an issue our auto repair crew has addressed on many occasions. We’ll discuss the Death Wobble and what to watch out for.
What Is the Jeep Death Wobble?
The Death Wobble occurs when the front part of the vehicle begins to shake due to a violent oscillation in the front axle. This makes the vehicle hard to control. The wobble occurs when the suspension system looses equilibrium and may be due to a number of reasons, such as:
- Unbalanced tires—out of balance tires can throw the axle around
- A loose steering stabilizing bar
- Worn ball joints—damaged ball joints cause the tires to move independently and laterally of the opposite wheel
The Jeep Death Wobble has especially been noted in the Wrangler, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee. The wobble has also been observed in non-Jeep models, such as older Dodge and Ford trucks.
Symptoms of the Death Wobble
Immediately bring your vehicle to our auto service and maintenance if you notice a wobble in the front area and difficult steering. Diagnosing the death wobble is not a DIY task unless you happen to be a savvy weekend mechanic. If you consider yourself as such, then jack your vehicle and examine for the following:
- Loose tie rod and drag link ends
- Loose bolts on the front track bar
- Front tires that easily wiggle back and forth with a lot of lateral give
We’ll Fix any Wobble Issues
Bring your vehicle to NW Performance and Off Road if you notice even a slight wobble in your off-roader. The Jeep Death Wobble is an issue with serious safety ramifications if ignored.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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