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Tie rod and Death Wobble


 
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monkeyman3875
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 5:36 pm    Post subject: Tie rod and Death Wobble Reply with quote

Hey All,
My car has been having a wicked bad death wobble (shit your pants bad). I had a mechanic check my suspension (and my brother in law will soon too) and he told me I was having a problem with the left tie rod end where it attaches to the knuckle. He said it's been "tightened one too many times". Does this sound right? Is that possible? Should I have to replace it, someone said I should get a replacement from the V8 ZJ. Should I get one from the new ZJ or from one the same year (or close to) as my XJ? Also, where can I get one. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure about it being tightened too many times, but from what you described before, it sounds plausable that you have worn tie rod end(s) that are causing your problems. As for the steering, you're looking for a 93-97 ZJ. The part numbers are on this page.
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monkeyman3875
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Code, I'll check it out this weekend (when I see my baby again). Right now it's not highway safe so my parents have it.
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monkeyman3875
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

UPDATE: It was the tie rod end at the driver side knuckle that was the culprit. It had about an 1/8 in. wobble in it (worried it could be the knuckle). Also, the bolt in the tie rod end had stripped and spun freely (no impact wrench to remove it). Chizzeled the bolt off, torched the tie rod and was able to get the old one out. Replace the tie rod end, refilled all the boots and death wobble (as far as I know) is gone.


Anything else to check while i'm at it (already know of a leaky boot at pitman arm)?
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-130k Miles (and counting)-> let me know of any preventative maintenance you guys can think of. PM me.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 2:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check the track bar bolts (both axle and frame ends) while you're down there tightening everything up. Wink
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