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Posted: 06/15/19 09:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

https://www.thedrive.com/news/28531/jeep-wrangler-owners-file-class-action-lawsuit-against-fca-over-death-wobble


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They should do something about it, but if history is correct, large companies have more money, more time to wait, and more lawyers... Sad but true


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Posted: 06/15/19 11:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Do the new 2020 wranglers have this problem?


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Not all Wranglers have the issue. And yes it’s a problem with solid front axle vehicles. The biggest issue is toe out which really affects it. One tire want to go one way, and the other tire wants to go the other. Resulting in back and forth which gets worse and worse. Usually setting the toe to zero or 1/8”-3/16” toe in will stop it!
But to say an owner should be told about it is wrong. That’s like saying if the car blows up because it had gas in it the manuf should warn people when buying it! Oh wait all that safety information about handling differently is on the sun visor or in the owner manual, which I’m sure the owners have never read!


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Posted: 06/15/19 08:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This lawsuit has nothing to do with Wrangler's being used as a toad. The lawsuit is about a steering shake when being DRIVEN.


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Very interesting. It is certainly not a vibration. A vibration I can deal with, death wobble is just that, the Jeep will sway back and forth violently. Usually it goes away if you slow down...but if it has death wobble, there is something that needs to be changed or adjusted in the front end. The issue of death wobble is not really a single component. Steering dampener may start to wear our just as one tire is a little out of balance along with a touch of ball joint wear....and then the day one hits a pot hole just right and it will wobble....nature of a body on frame solid front axle vehicle. Death wobble is not anything new to the off road crowd.

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Most death wobble that I have seen, is on higher mileage vehicles. Wear on the steering components is one of the main causes I've seen.


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mnoeltne wrote:

Most death wobble that I have seen, is on higher mileage vehicles. Wear on the steering components is one of the main causes I've seen.


I would agree the only time I experienced a death wobble was on a 64 Ford Econoline with a straight front axle, it was bad King Pins.


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