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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 89,829 (19,000–304,000)
19 model years affected: 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
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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
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 -
My jeep at 45-50 starts shaking like hell and I have to stop and start again. New steering stabilizer shock helps for about a month. I've replaced parts gotten new tires and nothing stops it for very long. Thinking about a lawyer and lemon law and fat law suite. Any body wanna join in
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. I was thinking about starting a petition to get Jeep to recall and fix this problem before someone dies. It's horrible and frightening!
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.
Front end shakes so much at highway speed you have to pull off the road to get under control I replaced everything on the front end from shocks, tires, bushing, trail links steering damper
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.
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
Replacing both shocks & stabilizer bar that were in need of replacement.

Tires replaced due to being pitted due to issues from "death wobble".
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.
Death wobble occurs after hitting a rough spot in road. I bought the 4-door JK new in 2007. I had the same problem right after the original purchase. After 2 new stabilizer bars the problem subsided. But has reoccurred recently.
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. 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.
I had New Tires put on. They had to re balance the drivers front tire. Fixed it for about 3K miles. I think am going to pack it in and trade it off. This hurts me because I like the vehicle.
Problem has come back on Passenger side. I will have the passenger front tire re-balanced. I have to wonder if it is in the rims. Being Aluminum and made as light as possible, are them warping or changing just enough to put the wheel out of balance?? Never had this problem with older Jeeps. This is my 5th Jeep.