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Dear Auto Advisor, My 2004 Jeep Cherokee has a shimmy or wobble at 45 to 55 mph. I have balanced the tires and made sure the front end is solid. I have read on the internet that this is called a “Death Wobble”. I guess this is because it is so violent when it wobbles you have to slow down to stop this from happening. I have taken it to a couple of shops and they don’t have a clue what the problem is. What words of wisdom do you have for me? Dave in Wewa

Dear Auto Advisor, My 2004 Jeep Cherokee has a shimmy or wobble at 45 to 55 mph. I have balanced the tires and made sure the front end is solid. I have read on the internet that this is called a “Death Wobble”. I guess this is because it is so violent when it wobbles you have to slow down to stop this from happening. I have taken it to a couple of shops and they don’t have a clue what the problem is. What words of wisdom do you have for me? Dave in Wewa Dave, in most cases this is caused by something loose in the front end suspension. I would make absolutely sure that all is tight. I have seen the steering stabilizer installed incorrectly causing this “Death Wobble” To verify it is installed correctly make sure that there is NO PLAY at each end of the steering stabilizer. You have to have the front tires off the ground and try moving the tires and wheels side to side. If you see ANY play at either end of the steering stabilizer then I suspect this is your problem. I have seen in the past the stabilizer bushing left out causing the vehicle to have too much play causing this “Death Wobble” If all is tight then look at the air pressure in the tires, too little air can cause this problem as well. If the air pressure is good then rotate the tires to make sure they don’t have a wear problem causing this problem. If all else fails call my shop for a free test drive and consultation so I can experience the “Death Wobble”. Vibrations and noises are hard to figure out on e-mail so a test drive might be in order before you go much farther.

 

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