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Lets talk Death Wobble

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by weisel, Sep 18, 2002.

  1. weisel

    weisel 1/2 ton status

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    My dw is getting worse. It was just whenever I touched the brakes, the tires would start
    wobbling left and right, but would always stop if i let the brakes go. Now once it starts wobbling,
    it keeps going after I let off the brakes. I know there are many factors that can contribute to dw,
    but I don't know where to start. THIS IS NOT BRAKE PULSTATION! The tires and sterring wheel
    actually ocicilate back and forth. Can someone help me.
     
  2. BurbinOR

    BurbinOR 3/4 ton status

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    Try a search.............there have been probably 100's of responses/posts about it.
     
  3. 2Dogs

    2Dogs 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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  4. JK5

    JK5 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    My parents purchased a 3/4 ton Sub in 80', From day 1 it had DW and the Dealership never found the problem. When you hit 35 mph the front end would SHAKE & the tires would start to JUMP off the pavement about 6-12"!!!! It was HARD to keep this rig on the ROAD!!!. It didn't do it all the time.....usaully when the Cops where behind me....But it did get even worse, when hitting the brake!!!!/forums/images/icons/crazy.gif

    This went on for years, the truck was reduced to a Plow truck.

    We replaced the tires and the problem wasn't as BAD.....

    What I would do is check everything for PLAY on you front- end:

    Ball Joints-uppers don't get much grease
    Tires-have you checked balancing
    Tie-rods-do they take grease
    Gearbox-is it sloppy
    Spindle Bearings-

    Anytime I get some vibs, those are the first things I check!!!
     
  5. Chris Demartini

    Chris Demartini 1/2 ton status

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  6. jackedjimmy350

    jackedjimmy350 1/2 ton status

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    i cured mine with a good satbilizer
     
  7. Blue85

    Blue85 Troll Premium Member

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    The only cure is 4 wheel ram assist steering with 44" tires. /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
  8. KRAZIE87K5

    KRAZIE87K5 1/2 ton status

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    I have DW on my 60... seems to be a comination of things already mentioned... My end-all cure is to yank the stabilizer, install a hydro steering setup, and have the truck PROFESSIONALLY aligned. My tape measure in the driveway method is getting old! Figure that should resolve my problem. /forums/images/icons/smile.gif

    -Dan
     

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