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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-31-2002, 06:37 PM
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Death Wobble?

I tried the search on this one, but everything was related to lifted sammies. Mine is stock, so what do I need to look for. It drives fine til I get to 45-50MPH, or if I hit a bump or pothole with the right tire, then it feels like the front right wheel starts wobbling so bad that I have to pull over as quick as I can and come to a complete stop. If I get over the 45-50MPH zone, then it rides just fine. What is the deal? My haynes manual doesn't tell me anything.
One more question while I am here. My wipers don't work. I have the wipermotor pulled, so how do I test it to sell if it is the problem? If it isn't, what else could it be? I am not very good with electrical, so please keep it simple. I did check the fuses and they are all good.
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Re: Death Wobble?

The wobble could be a tie rod end. Have you jacked it up and pushed/pulled on the tire with your hands on the front and back side of the tire to see if there is play in the tie rod ends?

With the wiper motor already out, you could connect it to the battery to see if it works. If it doesn't it could be the switch on the column.
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Re: Death Wobble?

Sounds like tie rod ends, ball joints or wheel bearings. I would say one the angular momentum of your wheels gets going, they tend to keep in line, but there is a lot of play there. When you hit a bump, it throws the wheel(s) out and you have a lot of play in one of those places.
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Re: Death Wobble?

For the wheel, check all your steering linkage, check your wheel bearing, check your knuckle(king pin) bearings.

To test the bearings, Jack the axle and support it with a jack stand. Get someone to look behind at the king pins, one hand under the tire to pull up and outward other hand on the top of the tire to push inward.
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Re: Death Wobble?

What every one else said, and check/set the toe-in and make sure the steering admper is good - Outlaw
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Re: Death Wobble?

How hard is it to do the wheel bearings and kingpin myselfif they need replaiced? For the wheelbearings, would I need a new hub assembly or just press in new ones? About how much $ am I looking at here?
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Get the tires balanced first. If you've just had that done........try another tire shop and get them balanced again.
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Re: Death Wobble?

mine did the same thing til I stuck a steering damper on it from trailmaster and problem solved. tie rods also contribute to this problem as well.
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Re: Death Wobble?

Already did the tire balancing. I am pretty sure it is one of the other things mentioned above, it is just difficult to find replacement parts around here without paying an arm and a leg. What should I pay for new tie rod ends, ball joints, wheel bearings and kingpin if I do the work myself?
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Re: Death Wobble?

If you find the problem is Kingpin and wheel bearings, look to our aftermarket suppliers, like www.trailtough.com www.roadlessgear.com and www.petroworks.com and others for those parts, your still going to pay a decent amount, but most likley still less then your local autopart stores, as well as you wil get the knowledge of dealing with people who deal directly with the truck you have and can answer your techinal question with knowledge, not guesses
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