Jeep and the Death Wobble


Jeep owners feel the need to take a perfectly engineered vehicle and stretch it, accessorize it, give it tires that it wasn’t made for, and then beat the snot out of it on a regular basis. This can cause things to come loose, and sometimes loose things will wobble. There is a phenomenon called a Death Wobble, which sometimes happens to Jeeps as they are being driven, usually between 40 and 45 mph. (Read Full Articles Here)


Death wobble happens when your vehicle’s suspension system is out of line.
While the potential causes are too numerous to explore in this article, here are a few usual suspects you should check right away.

Lift Kits & Suspension

Replacement Suspension Parts

Polyurethane Control Arm Bushings

Tie Rods and Drag Links

Steering

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Written by Andrew

"You're telling me it's got four wheels, two seats and goes faster than the speed limit? Good, I'm driving."

6 comments

  1. I’ve never heard the term death wobble, but I know exactly what you are talking about and I’ve seen it first hand. I was a spotter at our rally last year and on one of the roughest trails a newby busted a tire rod. Said he thought all Jeeps came prepared for any type of trails. Guess he has a lot to learn!

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  2. I have seen this happen a time or two, but not with my Jeep. I have stretched it, accessorized it, given it tires that it wasn’t made for, and then beaten the snot out of it on a regular basis. I’m guilty as hell of doing that but, I made sure that everything I put on it was installed by professionals who gave me the OK before I did it. That Jeep is my best friend and believe me, I’ve taken care of my best friend!

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  3. People who let their Jeeps get into this condition don’t deserve to have Jeeps. When you take a vehicle off road you need to inspect it every time you use it. Bolts do tend to loosen over time, but this is something you can tell if you bother to look. If you take care of your Jeep, it will take care of you. Amen.

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  4. Anyone who uses their Jeep to the fullest should be smart enough to have the suspension checked occasionally. Also, they should be checking nuts and bolts to make sure they have not worked their way loose. It happens! Take care of your Jeep or you will be paying the big bucks to have it repaired. Cheaper to do routine maintenance than to wait for more costly repair bills.

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  5. I learned about death wobble first hand. When I first got my Jeep I ran it pretty hard, I figured that was what it was built for. I didn’t check things like I should have and over time things got pretty loose. I’ve learned an awful lot about the care and maintenance of my Jeep since then. I check it out, top to bottom, after every outing and I have a mechanic check it out every 3 to 4 months.

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  6. I have a stock jeep with 20k miles on it and it wasn’t me beating the snot out of it it was the track arm bolt being the wrong size for the bushing and it being an all thread instead of a shouldered bolt,.

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