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

Jeep Wrangler Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013

Average Mileage: 76,003 mi (2,500 mi - 141,000 mi)


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.

  • Visitor, , 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

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  • Visitor, , 80,000 mi

    Very scary wobble, only way to stop it is to come to an almost complete stop.

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  •  Rookie

    Mine starts to shake between 50-55mph

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  • Visitor, , 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 -

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  • Visitor, , 2,500 mi

    Loose steering that clunks on turns.

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  •  Rookie

    If i drive over 45 miles per hour the steering will just go crazy and shake. They call this a the death shake on jeeps where the car goes out of control.
    I have seen many posts with this same issue and it looks like jeep still has not issued a recall yet.

    I wish they would.

    Also you may find that jeeps leak all the time - please post if you have this issue too

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  • Visitor, , 135,000 mi

    Rubicon also developed the "death wobble" over 50 mph and never could isolate the exact issue but after replacing several components we finally replaced the tires as a last step and it went away???

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  • Visitor, , 51,000 mi

    Sloppy steering

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 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

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