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Old October 6th, 2012, 02:44 PM   #1
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Default YJ steering damper bolt broke off. Also have bad death wobble.

The axle under the front of my truck is out of a 94 Jeep YJ.

I've had a slight shake around 45-60 and it got worse so I checked everything.
The only thing I could see wrong was the steering damper, it was leaking a little.

As I was removing the bolt from the axle side, it broke, taking my hand with it and breaking my middle finger.

Anyways, I'm looking for the replacement bolt (or the size/thread).
I'm also looking for someone that might be able to drill it out or remove it somehow.

The shake has now turned in to the full blown death wobble from hell and I can't drive over 40mph.
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Try balancing your tires and go from there. The damper is just a band aide for a bigger problem.
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Old October 6th, 2012, 05:28 PM   #3
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Try balancing your tires and go from there. The damper is just a band aide for a bigger problem.
I've taken it to belletire twice, I even had them rotate the tires again.
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The death wobble seems to start after I hit a bump that compresses the suspension.
I've checked everything except the bolts for the leaf springs, they look like they haven't moved, stupid rust.

I haven't checked the axle joint on the passenger side, my friend said it could cause the death wobble but it still looks fine. No rust/powder around the seals.
He said it could also be the carrier bearings, but wouldn't that cause even more problems?

I need to find someone that can get the bolt out for me, I don't have the tools to drill and tap it.
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Old October 6th, 2012, 10:03 PM   #5
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The death wobble seems to start after I hit a bump that compresses the suspension.
I've checked everything except the bolts for the leaf springs, they look like they haven't moved, stupid rust.

I haven't checked the axle joint on the passenger side, my friend said it could cause the death wobble but it still looks fine. No rust/powder around the seals.
He said it could also be the carrier bearings, but wouldn't that cause even more problems?

I need to find someone that can get the bolt out for me, I don't have the tools to drill and tap it.
a axle joint wont cause death wobble
the carrier bearings wont cause death wobble
i would check ball joints , tie rod,wheel bearings 1st
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Old October 6th, 2012, 10:08 PM   #6
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a axle joint wont cause death wobble
the carrier bearings wont cause death wobble
i would check ball joints , tie rod,wheel bearings 1st
I'm about to say f this thing and push it in to a lake.
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I'm still looking for someone in the Livonia/Westland area that can drill/tap this for me.
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