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OK i think i figured out the DEATH WOBBLE.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by k5freak44, Aug 14, 2004.

  1. k5freak44

    k5freak44 1/2 ton status

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    I was getting the death wobble pretty bad a couple of months ago. I replaced the Balljoints and it went away. Now its back.

    Heres what i think it is

    My Sway Bar has a bolt thats not all the way in.


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    If this couldent possibly be it what else could it be.

    I replaced my tires this sumnmer, new 1s balanced. I got new balljoints and a front end alignment. My schocks seem ok. My stabalizer is 2 yrs old and i think its still ok.

    Anything else?????????????????????

    Anything will help

    thanks guys.
     
  2. k5freak44

    k5freak44 1/2 ton status

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    try tightening it up and see if that helps, if not unbolt it and see if ti goes away. my 4" lift I had bumpsteered like crazy and I never had death wabble though.
     
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    I don´t have a Swaybar on any of my rigs and I don´t have any death wobble /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
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    That'd be pretty lame if that was it. A LOT of people don't even run swaybars.
     
  6. stallion85

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    I don´t have a Swaybar on any of my rigs and I don´t have any death wobble /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif

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    Same here /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
  7. k5freak44

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    k well then can some 1 tell me how to check the tie rods and what to look for when checking the berrings
     
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    No shock?
     
  9. m j

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    tighten the spring plates
     
  10. big jimmy 91

    big jimmy 91 1/2 ton status

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    OK , I have to ask , what is " bumpsteer"
    I probabley know , but have not heard it called that /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif
     
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    When you hit a bump and your steering wheel jerks to one side.
     
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    AHH , thanks
    I did know what it was , just didn't know what to call it /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    replace the damper theyre cheap .
     
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    dude, ur sway bar bushing is shot to sh*t. get a new one and tighten that sucker down! and he has shocks there...its just outta view to the left of his pic. u can see the top of the mount.
     
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    k well then can some 1 tell me how to check the tie rods and what to look for when checking the berrings

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    Have some one turn the steering wheel back and forth while you look at the tie rod ends. There shouldn't be any play that you can see. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    yea i got shocks. my damper i got last summer and its a rs5000 so it should be ok. ill check the tie rods. can i check the berrings without opening the hub? if it was the berrings wouldent it wobble all the time? thatnks
     
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    yup, just get the tire off the ground. and push/pull on the top/bottom. assuming ur balljoints arn't loose (as to my horror i recently found out) it shouldn't make any visible movement. (i say visible cus its gonna move a hair that you can't see)
     
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    jack the truck up so the tire is off of the ground. Put one hand on the top of the tire and the other on the bottom and push/pull at opposite times of each other and see if the tire moves. You could also use a prybar under the edge of the tire, you want to exert more sidways force than up force. If there is movement, have a friend watch for what is moving to verify that it is the bearings loose and not a bad ball joint.
     
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    see? thats two people telling u how to check it. lol. /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    How is your 'toe in' adjustment on the tie rod? With those big sticky IROKs, if the toe in is wrong, the tires will fight each other big time.

    Mike
     

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