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mich800

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Posted: 01/08/20 01:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

IdaD wrote:

I thought death wobble was pretty much just a thing with Jeeps and older Rams but I guess not. I'd say worn front end parts are often the culprit but that wouldn't make much sense on a 2017. Make the dealer fix it under warranty.


It is a trait in any solid front axle vehicle. I agree typically from worn parts. But seems like lately more and more new vehicles are exhibiting this trait. I know people that have had their vehicles bought back from each of the manufacturers so not isolated to one brand. And of these new ones not one was fixed by a larger damper.

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On RAMS the cause is worn out bushings on the track bar. Just had mine replaced under warranty.


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Ron3rd wrote:

On RAMS the cause is worn out bushings on the track bar. Just had mine replaced under warranty.


How many miles?

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Billstien Stabilizers for Death wobble

This is not a fix, but will help. DW is usually a geometry problem from the wheel caster, or track bar bushings.

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More caster!!!!


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mich800 wrote:

Ron3rd wrote:

On RAMS the cause is worn out bushings on the track bar. Just had mine replaced under warranty.


How many miles?


Surprisingly about 48K. I had the extended warranty which helped.

A steering stabilizer would have done nothing for my situation. If it happens again, they make aftermarket track bars with better bushings. The OEM bushings are junk.

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Had this happen on my jeep a couple years back. Scared me to death. Had to pitch my undies when I got home

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Ron3rd wrote:

On RAMS the cause is worn out bushings on the track bar. Just had mine replaced under warranty.


That's not the only thing that causes it. There are many other components that can cause DW in them, even a certain tire brand.


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But why even mess with it, warranty, right?
What "parts" are back ordered? You've apparently had it to the dealer and diagnosed, so you have more info than us already.


We were just told the parts were on order, steering stabilizers I'm guessing. The service advisor also told us that Ford had just recently come up with a fix and that they(the dealer) were just waiting to see what it is and if a recall will be issued. We're just keeping the speed down for now.


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You might take a look at the steering stabilizer and see if the rubber bushing is worn , causing the bolt to be loose. I've seen this cause wobble on f350's 450's and a 550.

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