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  • Charley
    Charley - 2002 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - Steering & Suspension - 8/11/2014
    Why does my car shake like an earthquake at 50 mph?
    Tried to use the freeway for the first time and had to pull to the side of the road.
     
    • cr
      8/11/2014 cr
      If you feel it in the steering wheel, it is probably the wheels out of balance.
  • Charley
    Charley - 2002 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - Steering & Suspension - 8/3/2014
    Why does my car shake like an earthquake at 50 mph?
    Tried to use the freeway for the first time and had to pull to the side of the road.
     
    • CVO
      8/3/2014 CVO
      Unbalanced wheels could be the reason of the car shake at 50 miles. Re-balance the wheels.
  • Charley
    Charley - 2002 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - Steering & Suspension - 8/3/2014
    Why does my car shake like an earthquake at 50 mph?
    Tried to use the freeway for the first time and had to pull to the side of the road.
     
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 7/28/2014
    My jeep makes clunking noise all the time now the steering wheel wobbled like the wheels were falling off
    one day while reversing and going back in drive my car took a second then jerked forward and made a bang from the front end, ever since I've been hearing a clunking noise like when I take a sharp turn. almost a month later the steeling wheel started shaking like the ...
     
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 6/28/2014
    Where is the turn signal relay located?
    The turn signal relay operates independently of the emergency flashers. The emergency flashers will operate but the turn signals will not.
     
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 6/24/2014
    Why can I turn right but not left?
    It won't turn left
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1998 Jeep Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 6/17/2014
    Why does the front end shake at 55 mi. per hr.
    front wheels shimmie at 55
     
    • GT500Knights
      5/6/2014 GT500Knights
      Your most likely cause of this is one or more tires being out of balance. Take the vehicle to a tire center and they should be able to balance the tires.
      GT500Knights
      6/2/2014 AutoMD Member
      my 03 wrangler at around 55 mph gets what the internet calls death wobble,, my hole front end including steering wheel violently jumps and shakes like hell, untill i slow down under 55mph.. whats up with that???
    • AutoMD Member
      6/17/2014 AutoMD Member
      Check the components of the suspension. You may need a longer control arm or for it to be adjusted. Go to wrangler forum for more advice.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 6/17/2014
    Wy does my jeep wheel hop and squalls when turning sharply, it is full time 4 wheel drive
    mostly turning in or out of parking spots
     
  • Bill
    Bill - 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 5/21/2014
    Headlights go out when tilting the steering wheel.
    When the headlights are on, tilting the steering wheel the dim lights go out, but the bright lights still work.
     
    • I'mnottotallyRetartedhoney
      Basic short in the column probably. A pinching or grounding will cause those symptons. . Open it up around where it tilts and look for any pinched, burn't or bare wires.
  • skyler
    skyler - 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 5/8/2014
    Will the suspension always clunk when it's bad? This jeep bounces all over even on every little bump.
    It's a 05 jeep grand cherokee limited 5.7 with 120k miles on it. The suspension doesn't clunk or feel like it's that weak but every single little bump it will bounce all over the place and it's annoying as hell. Is it normal for this vehicle or could the suspension ...
     
    • bear.1216
      5/8/2014 bear.1216
      The suspension only clunks when a part is badly worn out. Your symptoms sound more like weak shocks. The shock absorbers can get weak without causing any noise. Jeep Cherokees are well known for ride quality issues. Have your shocks checked out. Other problem areas to check are the steering stabilizer if equipped.
      And the front track bar. Take your vehicle in to a get a front end inspection. Most shops will check it out and give you a free estimate.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 4/1/2014
    How to remove steering stabilizer
    tapered bolts stuck
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 1/29/2014
    Upper suspension arm bolts stripped 2 holes and broke another on the axle housing.
    I just bought a '02 Grand Cherokee Overland QuadraDrive. The other day I heard a weird pop and my rear end started swaying back and forth. After looking around I noticed the 3 bolts connecting the upper suspension are and the axle housing were not connected. The two ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/29/2014 HouseCallAuto
      So if you are saying that a mounting place has actually broken on the cast iron housing then yes you need a rear axle housing. You would buy a used rear axle assembly from a junkyard. have to find the gear ratio of yours because you have to receive the same ratio and jeeps could have come through with 2 or 3 different gear ratios as production options.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Jeep Liberty - Steering & Suspension - 1/20/2014
    Loss of steering/suspension damage
    I was involved in a hit and run, small car hit my jeep in the area around the rear driver's side and kept on going. I check for damage but saw nothing noticeable, but when I began driving again I noticed I could not control the steering. Upon further inspection I ...
     
    • wbrockstar
      1/20/2014 wbrockstar
      When they hit the left rear,the weight of the vehicle could have been placed on the right front because its diagonal to the left rear.Same principle as this::when a car drag races,they take off from a dead stop,the left front of the car raises up more than the right front,then the majority of the weight is transferred to the right rear.Understand now??Plus I'm sure you probably had the brakes on when they hit you,which would have held the front of the vehicle in place,while the other cars momentum was tryin to push the rear of the your vehicle forward,putting extra stress on suspension parts.It could be a bent spindle,wheel bearing hub assembly,bent strut housing,control arm,etc or something as simple as being knocked way out of alignment ,but it sounds more like a bent suspension component.A shop normally does free inspections to tell you what's tore up
      wbrockstar
      1/20/2014 AutoMD Member
      I'm waiting for the adjuster to take a look at it. But his question was "so he hit you on one side and damage is showing on the opposite side? and the cop who showed up wouldn't even write up a report because he couldn't see any visible exterior damage, so I was starting to think I was crazy. I appreciate your answer.
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/20/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Yes this is strange. was your car moving when you were hit?
      HouseCallAuto
      1/21/2014 AutoMD Member
      yes I was driving down the road when I was hit
      HouseCallAuto
      1/21/2014 HouseCallAuto
      I cannot imagine how damage would happen to the opposite side.
  • lenny smith
    lenny smith - 1988 Jeep Comanche - Steering & Suspension - 12/29/2013
    Tighten tilt wheel assembly
    I have removed the ignition,turn signal switch ,and lock plate, I still cannot access the 4 screws that hold the tilt assembly.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/29/2013 HouseCallAuto
      You can get to 3 of the 4 using a 1/4" drive flex socket and that will get it tight enough.
  • mds1309
    mds1309 - 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 12/6/2013
    Was driving yesterday at approx 45 mph. Suddenly the steering wheel did the "death wobble" until I slowed down.
    I have noticed in the past month or so that my steering was not as responsive as previously. Seemed like I had to turn the wheel further than I used to( more play in the wheel). As I said above, the wheel started shaking back and forth until I immediately slowed ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/6/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Worn track bar and / or bad tires in front. try rotating the tires and see if problem goes away, but no matter what have the front suspension and steering checked out for worn parts, especially the track bar (aka lateral stabilizer rod) which often gets ignored.
      HouseCallAuto
      12/8/2013 mds1309
      Thanks so much for your help!!