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Thread: Death Wobble cause by air in the stabilizer?

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    New member here with an '18 Unlimited we just purchased this past Saturday (4800 miles on it). I was aware of the recall, and the dealer switched out the damper before we took delivery. (They also threw in a set of running boards and the grab handles that fit over the doors - happy about that!) Drove it before and didn't notice any wobble or looseness, so I don't have anything to compare it to.

    However, when we got home with it (about 20 miles), I crawled under to check orientation (had read that many had been installed upside down...). Guess what - yep, arrow that's supposed to point toward the front was pointed to the rear! Unbolted that end and turned it around, a simple fix. But shouldn't have been necessary. Don't think a 20-mile run did anything problematic, but glad I looked and glad I'd read about the issue!

    So now I'm trying to decide: Do I give the service manager a call and let him/her know what happened? Wondering about warranty, since I took it on myself to correct their error. I do a lot of wrenching and take care of my own maintenance on all my toys (three vintage British sports cars that I restored); the two daily drivers, this one included; and our motorhome, so the only time I'll be bringing the Jeep in will be for warranty or something major I can't handle.

    What do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WiscoHR View Post
    Yeah read that article earlier. Yes my first dampener failed when the weather started to get cold but the 2nd and 3rd were replaced when it was warm out. Every dealership I’ve been to, won’t look at the real issue on my JL. I’ve pointed out the play in the draglink bushing where it mounts to the pitman arm.

    But maybe this fancy new dampener will mask it for longer than a few hours!


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    Quote Originally Posted by MRichaud View Post
    New member here with an '18 Unlimited we just purchased this past Saturday (4800 miles on it). I was aware of the recall, and the dealer switched out the damper before we took delivery. (They also threw in a set of running boards and the grab handles that fit over the doors - happy about that!) Drove it before and didn't notice any wobble or looseness, so I don't have anything to compare it to.

    However, when we got home with it (about 20 miles), I crawled under to check orientation (had read that many had been installed upside down...). Guess what - yep, arrow that's supposed to point toward the front was pointed to the rear! Unbolted that end and turned it around, a simple fix. But shouldn't have been necessary. Don't think a 20-mile run did anything problematic, but glad I looked and glad I'd read about the issue!

    So now I'm trying to decide: Do I give the service manager a call and let him/her know what happened? Wondering about warranty, since I took it on myself to correct their error. I do a lot of wrenching and take care of my own maintenance on all my toys (three vintage British sports cars that I restored); the two daily drivers, this one included; and our motorhome, so the only time I'll be bringing the Jeep in will be for warranty or something major I can't handle.

    What do you think?

    Thanks,
    Mickey
    I wouldn’t bother. They’ll probably tell you it doesn’t matter.


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    I experienced the Death Wobble!!!

    I have a 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited JL and while I was driving it home from work yesterday, I went over an overpass and my steering wheel started vibrating violently. Called the dealership and there should have been warranty work on it prior to me purchasing it. But, in reading the threads here, I'm guessing that all the dealership is doing right now is placing a band aid on it with the stabilizer. I find this ridiculous for what Jeep owners pay for their Jeeps! This seems to be a long going, known issue. Why hasn't this been figured out yet??? This is my first Jeep and I'm not too sure I'll be purchasing another if I have to be worried about driving it over a bump. I've printed a list of possible things that could be causing the issue but I'm sure the dealership service dept will just blow me off!

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    Was going to buy the Fox stabilizer, but figure I would have the dealer install the update since it was free.

    Works perfectly ever since .... saved $500

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    'Death wobble' is a phenomenon that has been around since solid front axles have been. 'Death wobble' can occur in any vehicle with front solid axle. And that means ether a true axle, or solid I beam, especially with worn out parts. I have experienced it in more than one vehicle. All trucks. Most recent a F550 bucket truck.
    Air in stabilizer...blah blah will not cause 'Death wobble'. Stabilizer is on a Jeep to prevent the steering wheel from jerking out of your hands while off-roading. If FCA or any other manufacturer was so worried about it, they would stop making them. There have been no recorded deaths from it. If there was, you can rest assured that the manufacturer who made that vehicle would of been sued and stopped making them.
    You are merely supporting 'gimmicks' by purchasing these so called 'fixes'.
    Last edited by BlueRubicon; 12-24-2019 at 06:58 AM.

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    Update...I had the factory recall done (the dealership should have put in the parts before I purchased the Jeep) and no more wobble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbd View Post
    Update...I had the factory recall done (the dealership should have put in the parts before I purchased the Jeep) and no more wobble.
    Does it tighten up the steering? Some I test drove had alot of play in the wheel.

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    No. Mine still has a lot of play. I have noticed I am fishtailing more on wet pavement than before but I don't think that could have anything to do with the stabilizers?
    Last edited by bbd; 01-02-2020 at 07:35 AM.

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    I doubt that the steering issue would cause fishtailing of the rear tires.


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