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Can I get the part number that was used when you replaced the steering shock absorber?
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I went out to the Jeep and looked at the part there are no markings on it. Changing this part made no difference.
Where did you get this part from?
And are you aware of the TSB for this condition?
I am not sure. I just bought the Jeep. it was changed by the owner. He advised me this problem had just started and he changed this part to see if it would help. He concluded that he must have lost a weight and th ewheels needed balancing. He gave me a discount as I said I could handle the balancing. The owner is reputable and known by my brother in law. When I test drove this Jeep the problem did not occure.
The reason I ask is because there is a UPDATED or REVISED steering dampener to correct this condition
There is a Technical service bulletin out about this condition
It is TSB 19-003-06
Woud you like to see this TSB?
Steering - High Speed Shimmy After Hitting Bumps
DATE: August 30, 2006
THIS BULLETIN IS BEING PROVIDED IN ADVANCE. DO NOT ORDER PARTS OR PERFORM ANY ACTIONS RELATED TO THIS BULLETIN UNTIL SEPTEMBER 7, 2006.
OVERVIEW:This bulletin involves installing a revised steering damper.
1997-2006 (TJ) Wrangler
Steering shimmy may occur after hitting a bump in the road at highway speeds.
Check tire dynamic balance. Also check for worn or loose steering & suspension components.
According to the TSB, this is the new UPDATED or REVISED part number is XXXXX
Also, check for loose track bar on the front end. This bar is easily overlooked as the main problem for vibration.
Other possible causes
Loose PartsTrack Bar
Loose ball joints or tie rids
There also have been cases where the upper and lower control arms and bushings go bad causing this problem. However this would be a last resort.
The Jeep only has 71,000 miles. Standard 30" tires. Not driven much on trails.
Does not matter
Obviously something is loose
causing this condition
otherwise you would not be having this issue
Just being honest
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Well, there you have it
You might want to double check this steering stabilizer
and then check the track bar and other front end parts as needed
Something is loose
What is th track bar?
I have even seen vehicles with an "added" steering stabilizer shock added to the suspension to help correct this condition
These are the bars that go from the subframe to the diff assebmly
Also, be sure to check the balance on the front tires and the alignment on all 4 tires
At least this will give you some things to check
You now have a direction to go in
Did you have any further questions?
Can the rear wheels be aligned
You bet they can be
It is called a 4 wheel alignment
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Usually with a solid rear axle the rear wheels are not aligned
They do make shim kits
most of them have adjustments
But based on my experience
A 4 way alignment usually will not help this condition
if anything, it would be a two way alignment
but just have them check all wheels to ensure they are within specs just to be sure
This is a good way to check for bent suspension steering components (both front and rear(
even if they look "close" to the naked eye
The alignment machine will pickup on all of this
Does that make sense?
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