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Jeep Cherokee Grand Cherokee Steering Stability and Suspension

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  • I am a owner of a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I am scared to death of this jeep. When I hit a bump at any rate of speed my passenger side tire shakes so violently that it feels like its going to come off. When I hit my brakes and slow down or straighten the wheel it stops. I have also noticed the shake when I am on uneven road. My husband has never felt this. It scares me to death. My mechanic says its the bearings in the 4WD because its never been used. That makes no sense to me. Could this be the death wobble (although I wouldnt call it a wobble, its like my wheel is hopping in and out of place). Please excuse me if this is in the wrong place or I explain it like a girl (I am one). I dont want to start at the front and replace everything. I love my jeep. It has over a hundered thousand on it and everything is perfect except my wheel feeling like its gonna fall off. Is it the trac bar I read about on here? Can someone help me, I am at a loss and very fustrated.
  • tuggajbtuggajb Posts: 646
    I would try new track bar first also have him check the upper and lower suspension bushings
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Could this be the death wobble ...

    The so-called death wobble usually only occurs above a certain speed (or within a speed range) but otherwise the symptoms you describe fit. It's a well-known problem and I would have it looked into right away by a good mechanic.

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • I had the same problem with my GrandCherokee Laredo 2000. Reading this forum I decided to replace the steering damper with no success, I still got the violent shaking. Recently I replaced the power steering high pressure hose (which I purchased from Adv Auto Parts- $45.00), and problem disappeared, no more shaking.
  • 98 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4x4 auto.
    I am getting really bad spring wrap when I come to a stop. and them release my brakes.
    Is this a common problem?
    How do I stop it?
    It is really annoying!!!!!!!!!
  • mmelkimmelki Posts: 4
    I have a 2000 jeep cherokee. I just replaced the track bar last week and it made my problem worse. I never had the "death shake" before. I only experienced minor shake. I talked to a mechanic and he suggested the track bar. I am scared to drive my jeep now.
  • mmelkimmelki Posts: 4
    "Death Shake". I was experiencing minor shake problems. I was told by a mechanic to change the track bar. We changed it and now I am experiencing the "death shake". It only happens on uneven roads at higher speeds 60+. The unevenness has to be consitent, within a short distance of the next unevenness, for the "death shake" to occur. Do you have any advice? Oh I also have a steering stabilizer shock that is less than 1 year old.
  • It seems that most 'death rattles' are caused by loose or worn parts. From what I've read in here and my one experience it seems to be worn bolts or mounting areas.

    My 'death shake' was cured by replacing the steering stablizer (thing that looks like a shock absorber attatched to the steering). The rubber mount at the one end was worn, and I could easily shake it back & forth by hand. Even when I replaced it, I noticed the one mounting bolt was a bit worn.

    So, my recomendation, for what it's worth, is to get some replacement bolts (of proper grade steel) and change the mounting bolts for the stablizer bar & steering stablizer. At the same time, check for worn rubber mounts.

    This may or may not cure it, but it sure is the least expensive thing to try, and, again, after reading the other postings here, it seems to be the cure for many of the problems.

    Also, make sure you check the recommendations in here ( I believe it's posting #60 ) about how to check for a loose stablizer bar.

    Good luck!
  • Depending on what size of tires you are running, there should be little or no vibration, but if it is not a throw you off the road vibration, then live with it is the cheapest solution.

    Mine was solved for a few years by swapping out the trac bar. Then it came back, and it has been there for four years now, with absolutely no other issues other than an annoying vibration between 50-57 miles per hour, so I just ignore it now.

    Its a Jeep thing, and I have 2inches of lift on that model, and removed my limiters front and rear too fix it, no avail, just scary if I hit the brakes in a corner while trailering.....

    Randy
    rc
    Keep the rubber side pointed down, or at least sideways.
  • Depending on what SIZE of tires you are running, there should be little or no vibration, but if it is not a throw you off the road vibration, then live with it is the cheapest solution. If like me, you are running oversized tires, YOU WIL GET VIBRATION no matter what you do, as the tires will be grabbing the pavement differently at chaning speeds.

    Secondly, why are you driving a Jeep, of all the vehicles out there, find one that is built for the road man. You don't seem like the off road type, so sell it already. It will give you many headaches, as it already has. I love Jeeps, especially XJ's and its hard to watch someone bashing them when mine has treated me extremely well considering how many trail miles I throw it quite regularly on almost no maintenance.

    Another thing, axle u joints, axle shaft defectiveness, steering arms slightly warped, front bearing having a slight warp will go unnoticed until highways speeds. If its that, it will continue to have those vibrations at several speeds you just aren't noticing them because they are not as noticeable.

    Mine was solved for a few years by swapping out the trac bar. Then it came back, and it has been there for four years now, with absolutely no other issues other than an annoying vibration between 50-57 miles per hour, so I just ignore it now. My register is now over 330,000, so .... The major portion of that is not highway either...

    Its a Jeep thing, and I have 2inches of lift on that model, and removed my limiters front and rear too fix it, no avail, just scary if I hit the brakes in a corner while trailering.....

    Randy
    rc
    Keep the rubber side pointed down, or at least sideways.
  • I hate to say this, but that is almost certainly a defective trac bar, replace it again. If you are really concerned by an adjustable one, and wrench it in yourself in twenty minutes.

    Defective parts happen all the time, what can you do?

    Randy
    rc
  • I have a 89 jeep cherokee with a 7 1/2" lift, and the front end shakes bad, when you go over 25mph, ive tryed everything, replacced tie rod ends, ball joints, getting the tires balanced, and it still does it. ive tryed ajusting the track bar, but I can never seem to get it right. please help
  • HEY MKCRELOADING. SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE A CASTER PROBLEM WHICH IS VERY COMMON ON THESE VEHICLE WITH LIFT KITS
    YOU HAVE TO CHANGE YOUR CASTER ANGLE WITH A NEW LOWER
    FRONT CONTROL ARM. THESE FRONT VIBRATIONS CAN GET VERY
    VIOLENT AND DESTROY THE FRONT END OR FLIP YOUR VEHICLE
    MOST LIFT KITS WHEN SET TO THERE CORRECT HEIGHT WILL
    HAVE ALREADY ADJUSTED FOR THE CHANGED CASTER ANGLE THAT
    WILL BE REQUIRED. IF YOU HAVE ALTERED THE HEIGHT OF THE
    LIFT KIT (EXTRA SPRING SPACER OR SUCH) OR HAVE IN SOME
    CASES ADDED RIM SPACERS FOR EXTRA OFFSET THIS CAN CAUSE YOUR PROBLEM. BUT AS I SAID ITS A KNOWN PROBLEM WITH
    ANY LIFTED JEEP, GOODLUCK WITH IT AND HAVE FUN WHEELING
  • so if I get this alined will this stop the shaking?
  • Hey, I have a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. I have been noticing a loud creaking noise in the front end I believe it is suspension related. The noise is only noticeable when it is below 49 degrees. The noise occurs when you go over bumps and right after the suspension is compressed and is recoiling. If you have experienced this or think you may know what it is please let me know. Also if you know of any cheap quick fixes let me know. Thank you
  • did u lift the jeep? it sounds like ur shocks are too short
  • no i did not lift the jeep.
  • tuggajbtuggajb Posts: 646
    sounds as if you have a shock that has came apart inside will clunk and clank if so
  • I have about 1000 miles to go till my first oil change on my 2000 Jeep Sport I bought last month.
    I'm thinking of replacing all fluids while I'm at it. How does one determine if the fluids in any of the axles,tranny, T/C, oil pan is synthetic or regular oil.
    There are no records that came with the Jeep for any maintenance schedule or type of fluid used, Just thought I asked.
    Rog :confuse:
  • ..Just got new tires at les Schwab. They balanced them...we went 550 miles...they did an alignment and balanced them again. Started shaking just over 60 mph. We went back to them. One guy overheard the conversation and said let me handle it. Seems the tires fit over a plastic cone that has to be balanced differently. They did it...we just came back from a 450 mi trip.........and no more shaking. Solved our problem for now anyway. :blush:
  • Thanks for the suggestions. I replaced the track bar, but the wobble came back. The rubber bushing at the frame end of the bar is defective. I now have a second track bar to put on but I forgot the torque specs at each end. Do any of you know the specs for a 1987 with a 4.0 engine?

    Mahalo

    Mossback
  • I have an 88' Cherokee Laredo with a 3" lift and this thing shakes so violently when I hit a bump(any Kind of drop abrasion in the ground no matter how insignificant) at about 35-45 miles an hour. It shimmies so violently I have to bring the car to an complete stop for it to stop if I am driving on a smooth street no problem doesnt happen. Already replaced Traction Bar and Stabilizing shock. Problem still there I was told I need New bushings but I dont see needing new bushings causing this problem. Also was told by a friend my ball joints and tie rod ends look bad. Any Ideas on what might fix this problem I am having.

    Thanks,
    Danny
  • cmw2cmw2 Posts: 2
    It's just a workhorse, here in the UK, but I need to address it pulling to the LH side, and scrubbing off the LH front tyre. i have full castor / camber / toe gear, but before i use it I believe that camber and castor are fixed on these? The only adjustment appears to be a single eccentric adjuster on each lower control arm, at the axle end. Being a live fixed axle i can't quite picture what these eccentrics are supposed to adjust?

    If castor is out (which I suspect, maybe it's had a knock in the past), how is it adjusted? same for camber, although that LOOKS ok, and it would need to be a mile out to pull as it does, and tear the tyre up as it does.

    Thanks.
  • cmw2cmw2 Posts: 2
    The control to direct where the interior air flow goes (say screen, screen and footwells, fascia vents, blah blah) has suddenly stopped responding. Blower fan control and temperature control still work fine. Is there a methodical way to investigate this, any self diagnosis procedure, or any common known faults? Thanks ;)
  • Hi all,

    I have a rear passenger tail lamp out.

    I've tried replacing the bulb (with 2 new ones to make sure it wasn't the bulb). Still not working.
    I've checked my fuses, all of them are working.

    What else can I try?

    Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
  • tuggajbtuggajb Posts: 646
    prob the bulb holder it self go to jeep they have replacement ones for about 6 bucks
  • ejljejlj Posts: 4
    I've read through all the listings on this site, and see quite a few resolutions to this problem. My '95 Cherokee experiences vibrabration in the font end above 55 mph. After removing the front driveshaft all vibration ended. My cherokee is used with 135k miles on it. I originally found a loose clamp on the front u joint. That was not my issue. I replaced the front driveshaft with a new factory replacement, no luck there either. I was considering rebuilding the transfer case for possible bad bearing. Before starting that major job, I was looking for any possible suggestions. Thanks, EJLJ
  • tuggajbtuggajb Posts: 646
    loose clamp by diff or trans case if by dif would check dif bearings before trans case
  • ejljejlj Posts: 4
    Loose clamp was at diff. I rebuilt transfer case and replaced front driveshaft, no help. I guess the diff is all thats left. Any opinions?
  • tuggajbtuggajb Posts: 646
    remove front drive shalf drive see if vibration goes a way if so has to be drive shalf or front diff (prob pinion bearings)
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