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08-20-2012 09:17 PM
death wobble

Just wanted to say thanks i had the alinement done. Witch took care of the death wobble till i hit a bump. But i am going to add a steering damper. Witch should get rid of that ( on the bumps.). What do you all think ?

thanks again
08-19-2012 08:07 PM
death wobble

Just wanted to say thanks for the info. I am going to double check the front end and then see if anything is loose and get the front end alinement is there anything else that i should look for before i do this
Thanks again
08-19-2012 09:57 AM
LATECH I agree with S10 GXN , a full inspection of the front end is needed.
After any worn parts are replaced, then get an alignment. And not just a "set the toe " kind either. Thats a lazy mans algnment.
I suspect the added weight of the wrecker body and all has caused the rear to ride lower, which changes the caster angle,probably enough to cause a wobble that you are describing.
Next time you go to the grocery store ( for beer no doubt) watch some of the shopping carts as the people are pushing them. You will see one every now and then that has a front wheel that wobbles back and forth like you are describing. This is due to excessive caster. Hmmm maybe that is why those little front wheels are called CASTERS. Peace
08-19-2012 08:47 AM
S10xGN First thing I'd do is put a jack under the a-arm and get the tire off the ground. Now grab the tire and wrack it back/forth and up/down. Do each side individually. This will check the wheel bearings, ball joints, and tie rods for slop.

08-18-2012 09:17 AM
death wobble looking for some help on this

Hi i have a 1996 chevy c3500 1 ton and i thought i had this problem fixed but i guess i was wrong when i start driving around 40-45 mph my front end shacks really bad so i turned the truck around to bring the truck home and it didn't wobble but when i got it up to 60 it wobbled but i did notice that my steering wheel gets loose before it starts to wobble then when i slow it down i steering wheel gets tight and it don't wobble i did have people look at my front end and they told me that it could be my gear box or it could be my alignment but then i had another person look at it today and he said it could be my hydro booster but i am not sure
i did change shocks,tie rods,ball joints and had the tires balanced

The other thing is the dealer ran the vin number this used to be a pick up
and now its a tow truck all made out of heavy steel and it also has a heavy bumper on the front of this thing its not a factory bumper would this have anything to do with the wobble please let me know thanks so much...

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