Jeep Wrangler Problem Report

Jeep Wrangler Loose/Worn Suspension/Steering Components May Cause Wobble in Steering Wheel

(52 reports)

Loose or worn suspension and steering components can cause a wobble or shaking in the steering wheel. It may happen at a certain speed and subside as the vehicle accelerates through the range. Tire balance can contribute to this as well.

I have had my 2008 Jeep Wranglerfor almost a year and in Dec 2012, it started the death wooble. I took it to Planet Offroad and they changed the stabilizer bar for an after market part, rotated tires and did an allignment. After just (1) week, the jeep continued to do the DW. I took it back and they re-adjusted the stabilizer bar, rotated tires and did the front end allignment agian and (1) week later here I aam agin with the DW. This is a serious matter and it makes me sick that Chrysler won't take responsibility for this dangerous proble. I'm terrified to drive the highway going 60 just knowing at any moment the DW will start, if I go past 60, possible 70 I'm afraid it's going to happen and I'll loose control and die. This is a serious issue and something has to be done, obviously, no one seems to know how to fix this proble. How many deaths is it going to take for Chrysler to step up and take responsibility. I how no idea where to go from here, who can actually guarantee that they can fix this problem so I don't have to be terrified every time I hit 60 -
Very scary wobble, only way to stop it is to come to an almost complete stop. -
Mine starts to shake between 50-55mph -
I've been getting the 'Death Wobble' on and off for a couple of years; At it's worse, you feel like you will lose control of the vehicle. It seems to happen whenever going 55-60 mph; The first time this happened, it turned out I just needed one new tire and to have all rotated and balanced. This solved the problem immediately and was ok for about a year and a half. The next time it happened, A mechanic replaced a part that was to 'stablilize the steering wheel" - I can't remember what it was called, but I do remember it was at least $100. It did NOT solve the problem but it didn't shake nearly as much for about 2 weeks. Then the Death wobble came back, even worse, which I didn't think was possible. So since the first time was due to a tire and rotating/balancing - I had tires checked, was told ok, but could use a rotation and balance. I figured Walmart could do that for less, so that's what I did. Walmart rotated and balanced for a cost; this made it much worse. I took it back to fix them and they charged me again! Then I came to my senses and I took my jeep to Discount tire where they fixed it right the first time I had this problem on the first try. They did not charge me anything. When they did this, it stopped the wobbling immediately. It's been about a month and it's now starting to wobble just a little bit when I'm going about 56 mph, but not nearly as bad as it was. Now I'm not sure what to do - -
Steering wheel was shaking during braking from highway speeds or after hitting a bump. I had ball joints and the steering shock (can't remember the exact name) replaced. -
Death wobble at around 45 to 55mph. Did a tire rotation and balance. Has happened 4 to 5 times in 7 years. Tires have nothing to do with the problem because it happened again shortly after I had the work done. I'm checking into this agin since it recently happened again. -
Loose steering that clunks on turns. -
Had same problem twice. Front end alignment and tire rotation didn't cut it. It has now become the indicator that I need to replace all 4 tires and it will go away. From what I heard this issue still exists on new Jeep Wrangler 4X4 as well -
The steering wheel has play in it and when I tried to pull out of the driveway to the left it felt like it wanted to sway to the right.Doe's anyone what mght cause this. Thank You!Jim. jpsully1948@wowway.com -
minor vibration felt in the steering wheel when riding on uneven or slightly bumpy paved roads. -
Bad wheel wobble if crossing ridge in freeway at freeway speeds. -
mine does it between 50-55mph have heard that the problem can be the steering dampener -
There is an increasing rattle and shimmy between 45-50 MPH, then it subsides as long as I'm not driving up an incline, or in an incorrect gear. -
I have a wrangler 4-door. I have experienced this death wobble several times. If you hit a rough patch in the road the front wheels will start to violently shake. Jeep has to know about this, but has not made a recall. I guess someone has to die first. -
Shakes violently -
Replacing both shocks & stabilizer bar that were in need of replacement. Tires replaced due to being pitted due to issues from "death wobble". -
shacks your teeth out at 55 miles an hour still having this problum -
This is very perplexing. 2009, 4 door Jeep. Never driven rough. Started the death wobble at 45 to 55. I would hit the brakes and pull over to make it stop. I changed the steering stabilizer. No help. It got worse after I tried rotating tires several times. Had a mechanic look at it. Said passenger tie rod bad. Better but not gone. I am going to change the drivers side tie rod next. If that doesn't work, I will replace the tires. I am about due anyway. This is a sucky problem. Replace parts until you get it. -
As I would hit a pot hole or a bumpy area of a main road my jeep would wobble uncontrollably for approx 30 secs or more which became very scary when around traffic and on the highway. Took it to the dealer and they told me I needed new tires. Someone else told me it is termed the "deadly wobble" and I needed my stabilizing bar replaced. Pretty worried about this. -
My 2004 2.4L Wrangler suddenly started shimmying and shaking at highway speeds, particularly after hitting a bump or on uneven pavement. Slowing down to about 50mph would settle everything back down. Had tires rotated but the problem continued; was better when tires were rotated back. New tires were needed before winter so they were just replaced and while giving everything a good going-over my mechanic discovered that both sway bar links were broken. With new links and tires the problem is now fixed. -

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