quote:SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Imagine driving down the highway and having your car suddenly start to shake violently. It's been happening to Jeep owners across the country. The ABC7 News I-Team has been looking into it and has the results of its investigation.
The shaking is so violent and shocking that many Jeep owners call it the "death wobble." The I-Team knows of no one who has died, but we've obtained public records that link the problem to some serious accidents.
It is a scary experience -- a violent shaking in the front end of the car that usually hits at highway speed when you make a turn or hit a bump.
This sounds incredibly dangerous! It's as if the Jeep "engineers" didn't even bother road testing the vehicle. Looks like the wheels are going to fall off. Can't be good for the lug nuts, rims, tires or any of the parts.
NO he said he had 20K on his tires. All the vehicles they refereed to were 2006 and 2007 vehicles.
I work in the automotive field and have for over 25 years. AgainI have seen this in Toyota (yes Toyota and they used to make trucks with a straight axle front end), Jeep, Ford and Chevy. EVERY instance was due to worn parts or shitty tires. Hell, the mechanic in the first video even says what the #1 cause of the problem is...the drag link.
Things wear out, people need to get their cars fixed and quit bitching.
Do you have any idea how many straight axle front end Jeeps are on the road? -- mbsastronomy.com
Death Wobble can happen with ANY front solid axle setup. It is caused by the axle moving side to side independant of the steering and frame. I have experienced it on my truck 05 Ram 4x4. Luckily all that caused it was a bad steering damper but others with my model truck have spend thousands trying to find the root cause. In the case of my truck there is never one thing that causes th wobble. A buddy of mine had it in his jeep but after inspection found that the shop that did his lift used "soft" bolts and did not tighten them down all the way. We sourced some grade 8 bolts and torqued as per spec and it went away. -- For those who fight for freedom, life has a special flavor the protected will never know
I dont see anywhere that he says all Japanese cars. He proved his point.
Not really proving anything, his link simply says a warning light will come on before the brakes fail. "the brake fluid warning light would flash and the brakes would keep working normally for more than 200 miles of regular driving" Dual circuit master cylinders have been required for years now, if you didn't know that.
Drag links that wear are a problem, loose suspension parts are quite dangerous but are not limited to a specific brand. Tires that are out of balance/out of round make the oscillation problems much worse. That is why they put dampers on them in the first place. The Channel 7 reporters do not understand/educate how to to proper maintenance, they just wanted to crank out a "scary story". The politician simply wants to show concern for her re-election efforts.