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  • ronnie
    ronnie - 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 9/17/2012
    What wrong when I hit a bump and the car shakes in the wheels and I have to slow down before it stops?
    2003 jeep grand cherokee
     
    • zippy911
      9/17/2012 zippy911
      front steering dampner.
    • RC
      9/17/2012 RC
      Wheel balance, loose suspension components.
    • olds40316mm
      9/17/2012 olds40316mm
      Has the shocks or struts leaked or is leaking oil out of them or wet looking ? If so there is nothing to stop a tire and wheel from bouncing like a basket ball at any speed A simple look with a flash will confirm what I beliieve the problem is
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/17/2012 HouseCallAuto
      Rotate the tires and test drive, (may immediately feel fixed) and look at the steering damper on the steering linkage for wetness, or to be sure, unbolt one end and confirm that the "shock absorber" is still functional. It should be hard to move in and out by hand.
  • beardjoel1
    beardjoel1 - 2006 Jeep Liberty - Steering & Suspension - 9/17/2012
    Does the ball joint for a 2006 Jeep Liberty part SKU # 1JA 212591 Manufacturer #: 505-1280 come with lower control arm?
    2006 Jeep Liberty Sport Change | Saved Vehicles Manage Saved Vehicles2006 Jeep Liberty Sport2005 KIA Rio Base.2006 Jeep Liberty Sport2005 KIA Rio Base. cancel Manage Vehicles Sorry, there are no Ball Joint that fit your 2006 Jeep Liberty Sport. View all products ...
     
    • RC
      9/17/2012 RC
      It probably does not come with the control arm if the price is $56.46. Try contacting customer service for the parts site that you were on.
  • fawi77
    fawi77 - 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 9/12/2012
    Death wobble
    The car steering shakes violently when I go over a bump for about 30 seconds.
     
    • Chris @ Motech
      6/26/2012 Chris @ Motech
      Something is loose in the steering, suspension, or tires out of balance. Get the tires balanced first. After that have someone sit in the Jeep, with the engine running, and move the steering wheel back and forth from the 11 o'clock position to 1 o'clock, in a rapid fashion. Look and feel for loose steering and suspension components. Even if you can't see anything, put your fingers on the parts to see if you can feel slop. Replace worn parts and/or tighten loose bolts.
    • matt
      9/12/2012 matt
      Check steering stabilizer shock
  • courtney
    courtney - 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 9/12/2012
    What is wrong with my steer wheel?
    When I'm driving on the highway my steering wheel shakes and so does the front end of my truck
     
    • rick
      9/12/2012 rick
      Try rotating the tires front to rear . See if shaking moves to rear then . If so have them balanced . If not check front wheel bearings .
  • allen
    allen - 1989 Jeep Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 9/11/2012
    Need suggestions, I have a set of tires & rims 17" that came off of a '07 jeep cherokee (tires are 255/60 "17 is there
    any way that I can get them to fit my 1989 jeep laredo.
     
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  • Donovan Thomas
    Donovan Thomas - 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 9/6/2012
    A profound vibration when decelerating at high speeds in front end.
    This occurs at higher speeds and is a constant when letting off the gas. 98 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 V-8. The front end was replaced with a jeep's front end. Not sure what year, but had about 70,ooo miles. Thank you
     
    0 answer
  • Steve
     
    • RC
      8/31/2012 RC
      Out of balance tires cause vibration. Excessive wear on the outside could be caused by wheel alignment.
  • frank1982a
    frank1982a - 1999 Jeep Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 8/25/2012
    How much torque do I put in the swaybar link after replacing on 1999 Jeep Cherokee classic for 4.0
    Just replace
     
    • Jimm
      8/25/2012 Jimm
      Just tighten the link nut enough to slightly compress the new sway bar link bushings - to give the look of a slight 'bulge' to the bushings. Do not over compress or over tighten too far.
  • bob
    bob - 2004 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - Steering & Suspension - 8/25/2012
    Install steering damper how
    Car shimmies
     
    • Jimm
      8/25/2012 Jimm
      The steering damper is a fairly easy installation. To remove, simply remove the two (2) mounting bolts, remove the damper. Replace the unit using the new hardware and bushings supplied.
      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.RockAuto.com or www.autopartswarehouse.com for the replacement parts. For example, they (Rock Auto) list the steering damper for around $22.00 for your vehicle.
  • Terri
    Terri - 1995 Jeep Wrangler (YJ) - Steering & Suspension - 8/25/2012
    When I purchased 2 new tires for the Jeep Wrangler, the tire shop gave me a quote fore replacement of the tie rod ends
    Mileage is 120k. It has a lift kit and mud tires. It's a bumpy ride, but the steering hasn't changed in the four years that we've owned it. Please tell me the purpose of the tie rod ends. How does one know when they need to be replaced? Is driving dangerous if the ...
     
    • Jimm
      8/25/2012 Jimm
      Try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps to inspect the front end components for excess wear / play / looseness. The steps also show how to test the tie rod ends for wear and looseness - usually the tie rod ends are considered as 'worn out' with as much as 1/4" of vertical play (looseness) in the joint. The tie rod end purpose is to link the steering shaft and steering center link to the individual front wheel spindles.
      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.RockAuto.com or www.autopartswarehouse.com for the replacement parts. For example, they (Rock Auto) list the tie rod ends (outer) for around $8.70 each for your vehicle.
  • claracj5
    claracj5 - 1980 Jeep CJ5 - Steering & Suspension - 8/13/2012
    How to adjust the steering sector box
    there is slack in the steering wheel range continously.
     
    0 answer
  • Rosco
    Rosco - 2005 Jeep Liberty - Steering & Suspension - 8/12/2012
    I bent the tie rod on my ring & pinion. Can I replace the tie rod or do I have to replace the whole ring & pinion?
    I think I have about 67,000 miles. It also has a 2.5" suspension lift and wheel spacers.
     
    • Jimm
      8/12/2012 Jimm
      Are you referring to the front axle? If yes, then the tie rods are replaceable as separate items. Try the 'How-To-Guide' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific details to replace the tie rod end on the steering system.
      Jimm
      8/14/2012 Rosco
      Thanks a bunch, Jimm. I did manage to change it out and it wasn't all that difficult. Thanks again.
  • rick
    rick - 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 8/10/2012
    When I'm driving it sounds like something is rattling in my wheel like its loose?
    Sounds like something's loose rattling in my wheel?
     
    • Jimm
      8/10/2012 Jimm
      Several possibilities; faulty / worn wheel bearing, faulty / worn suspension bushing, faulty / worn shock or strut bushing. Try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps to inspect and diagnose suspension noises and wear.
  • Matt
    Matt - 1999 Jeep Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 8/6/2012
    My jeep shakes uncontrollably
    When I am going interstate speeds (roughy 60+ mph) and hit a little bump my jeep shakes uncontrollably but keeps going straight and then goes away when I slow back down.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      8/6/2012 HouseCallAuto
      Try rotating the tires before you start replacing anything and see if anything changes. It is also likely that the steering damper needs to be replaced. It looks like a shock absorber turned sideways and attached to the steering.
  • Sue
    Sue - 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 8/4/2012
    DOES A WHEEL ALINEMENT CORRECT THE STEERING WHEEL IF IT IS SLIGHTLY CROOKED?