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front end problem on 96 cherokee bad shakes


 
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wildonetwo
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 11:24 am    Post subject: front end problem on 96 cherokee bad shakes Reply with quote

My wife drives a 96' cherokee on a rural mail route and recently after hitting a pothole the entire front end shook for several seconds. I did the bounce test on both sides to check the shocks and springs both appeared ok anyone have any ideas? Ball joints?
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935speedxj
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well it can be amoung a few things or a combination of things a balljoint can cause that an so can a wheelbearing.... did you check the tirerod's? an did you check your track bar mine did it till i replaced it with a rusties adjustable track bar... an does it still do this an if so under what conditions does it do this?
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Tardis
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's called 'death wobble'. My friends 95' XJ did that. He had to replace the control arm bushings, wheel bearings, & axle u-joints, to make it go away. All of his bushings, bearings, joints were wasted. His XJ still has a slight shimmy, but he's narrowed that down to the steering shock. My 99' XJ with 59K shimmys once in a while, and I just put Bilsteins on.

Inspect the control arm bushings, wheel bearings, and axle u-joints. Inspect the control arms for damage.
Otherwise, I think all XJ's wobbled off the assembly line, lol.
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jppilot61
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2006 2:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I experienced a version of this a few weeks ago enrooted to a trail ride. I was progressing along at 70 miles an hour, hit some minor bumps on highway and instead of just settling out afterwards, it progressively continued to shake (wobble) and it grew in intensity.

Scared the Willy's out of me! (couldn't resist JEEP humor)

If I let off of gas, as it slowed a bit it settled out. Would ride fine for a while but ever bump was hit or miss as to whether it would reoccur or not.

I have read a lot about it and the slow, often puzzling troubleshooting required to determine the root cause. I was LUCKY! When I got under it and started pulling and tugging on all the usual suspect parts, when I pulled on the trackbar it moved front to rear!

My trackbar drop bracket had loosened up over time. When the manufactures recommend RETIGHTENING EVERYTHING after a couple hundred miles, I guess they MEAN it!

I will likely check/retighten about once a year from here out!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have also had this problem on my '97 XJ. Going about 60 down the highway I hit a small bump and and my front end started wobbling like crazy! I took it in and had a mechanic look at it. He said it needed new tie rod ends and a bunch of bolts tightened and replaced. Also i could shake the front end and see the end of the trackbar moving in its bracket. NOT a good sign. The mechanic quoted about $450 to fix it. I ended up being able to tighten the nut on the tie rod end and replace a couple of loose bolts for about $5. Since then I have made several 150 mile trips on the interstate going about 75-80mph with no shaking at all.
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cherokee_pioneer
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have a 90 xj. i had the very sam problem with it. felt like i was driving a paint shaker. after replacing alot of parts of course the last part i suspected was the track bar. and that was it. i only spent 65 bucks to get it from napa.

check it out Wink
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soberidiot22
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 6:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Otherwise, I think all XJ's wobbled off the assembly line, lol.


the xj's wobbled off the assembly line because of the solid front axle
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