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.
Car Problem Reports
Jeep Wrangler Loose/Worn Suspension/Steering Components May Cause Wobble in Steering Wheel
Jeep Wrangler Problem
Average Mileage: 73,849 mi (35,000 mi - 141,000 mi)
Visitor, 2007 Jeep Wrangler, 80,000 mi
Very scary wobble, only way to stop it is to come to an almost complete stop.
Visitor, 2008 Jeep Wrangler, 51,000 mi
Visitor, 2008 Jeep Wrangler, 40,000 mi
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
Visitor, 2002 Jeep Wrangler, 55,000 mi
I've got the "death wobble" too. Feels like the whole vehicle is going to vibrate apart! Seams to happen at about 45mph and gets really bad when breaking. Has gotten so bad I had to stop driving it until I can get it fixed.
Visitor, 2005 Jeep Wrangler, 141,000 mi
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
Mine starts to shake between 50-55mph
Visitor, 2005 Jeep Wrangler, 45,000 mi
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 -
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. email@example.com
Visitor, 2009 Jeep Wrangler, 38,000 mi
tires and rims are balanced...BY ME! 45-55.....that area of speed requires: Full attention, a bible, Open road with no other cars, and balls of steel. Its worse whensuddenly stopping. I fixed it by ramming a tree stump with the front axle. steering wheel sits far left....but no death shake
Visitor, 2007 Jeep Wrangler, 60,132 mi
minor vibration felt in the steering wheel when riding on uneven or slightly bumpy paved roads.