2000 TJ Steering Stabilizer problems
First off, Hello - I'm new here.
Secondly, Thanks in advance for any help, looks like a good fun - and helpful - group
Here's the issue: 2000 TJ - 6cyl Bone Stock with the 30" wheel package.
I have ~40000 miles on it, and last friday rotated the tires for the third time (when I notice cupping on the front I move to the back etc...) Two days later I start noticing an odd feeling the front end - sort of like a wheel out of balance, but only after I hit a bump. There is also a lot more correction needed at high way speed to keep going straight, not alignment(not constant), but correction.
I am first thinking I'd not tightened my lugs enough, but I got home and checked them a third time - they were tight.
I then crawl under to do my super technical wiggle anything that looks important professional analysis. I didn't find anything loose, but I did get my hands all oily on the front steering stabilizer (horizontally mounted shock like thing in front and above front axle) - twas covered in oil.
I'm thinking to myself, "ok, steering stabilizer grenaded itself - easy fix" but after talking to some mechanically minded folks (not jeep crowd) they suggest that this wouldn't produce the behavior I'm relaying and that the steering stabilizer is primarily to keep the steering wheel from killing me offroad with a jerk or rut.
Any hints/suggestions welcome. I'll be puttin it up on stands tonight to check for play in the bearings - I have a slight shudder in the brakes. I'm thinking that 40k would be early for bearing failure though right?