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    Red face Steering wheel shaky shake at 45-55 mph.

    I know it could be 100 different things, but what is causing my steering wheel to shake (half the time), at 45 to 55 mph? I am going to grease everything next week so maybe that will stop it, or maybe I need an alignment?

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    it might be your alignment or maybe your tires need to be rebalanced.
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    have you replaced the steering stabilizer?
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    No, I haven't replaced the steering stabilizer. I am going to go look for one on ebay now.

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    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by blee89xj:
    it might be your alignment or maybe your tires need to be rebalanced. </font>
    I would look into getting the tires balanced and an alignment before you go and buy something you might not need.

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    i had this same problem, at 55 the steering wheel would shake real bad sometimes and not at all other times, i took it to two jeep dealer and 2 wheel shops, all 4 said the tires were bad, so i decided to say screw it, i put my 8" RR lift on and the shaking is gone, guess what, stock tires that are "bad" don't shake at all, before you decide to go out and a buy a new set of tires make sure that's what it is, i would hate to see ya buy a new set of tires(like i almost did) only to hear that it still shakes, sorry that i can't be more help to ya, Jamie
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    I too have the same problem. I just figured it's coming from bad/worn out steering parts, altough I have yet to check it out(this weekend). Does it feel like a shimmy in the front end? And is it made worse when braking? I'm just trying to see if your problem is the same as mine.
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    Mine used to do that for 2 different reasons. First, make sure there are no dirt clumps on the inside back of your wheels, mine used to shake becuase of that. Also, I hit a deer and slid about 40 feet, and put a flat spot in a tire that made my steering wheel shake.
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    Shaking at this vehicle speed always points to the wheels and tires. Maybe you have to get them balanced, got a lot of mud inside the wheel, have a bent wheel or a bad tire.

    If the shaking is gone above and below that speed it is definitely tire/wheel.

    Note: it will shake again at 90 mph

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    a few guys on offroad.com had out of round tires that caused this

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    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by bkchang79:
    have you replaced the steering stabilizer?</font>
    WTF does this have to with anything?
    I don't even run a stabilizer on mine!
    Look at your bushings in the UCA and LCA. If they are old, they're contributing to your DW.

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    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by DILLINGER:
    WTF does this have to with anything?
    I don't even run a stabilizer on mine!
    Look at your bushings in the UCA and LCA. If they are old, they're contributing to your DW.

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    Lighten up! So he was wrong....
    Besides, he didn't say anything about death wobble... he said steering wheel shake... unless those are the same now

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    Yeah its just the steering wheel. I don't have any shaking on my front end, which is good since its a 2000 XJ and that would mean something is worn out already. I will take the others advice and get my tires checked since that sounds to me what it would be.

    Thanks, Zach

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    I would check the u-joints in the front axleshafts. One of mine is shot right now and I'm just going to keep driving it until the axle blows up. Anyways it gives me a terrible shimmy/bumping at 45-50 mph....just a thought.

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    I think you just bought that jeep, right? Do you know the history of the tires? The reason I ask is, if you run radials a long time on one side of the jeep then move them to the other, they can cause that shake. They'll still be balanced on the machine in the tire shop but shake on the road. You can try swapping them around, either side to side or front and back (only the front matter) but it's a hit and miss affair.

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    Check for a missing weight on the rims(should be a shinny part where it was) and each wheel must have at least one weight,inside or outside.
    If you were just wheeling, some mud on the rim can throw it out of balance also.Are the wheels tight?
    Those are the free fixes.
    Next is to get all 4 tires balanced.
    Good luck
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    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by BIGNUTT:
    I know it could be 100 different things, but what is causing my steering wheel to shake (half the time), at 45 to 55 mph? I am going to grease everything next week so maybe that will stop it, or maybe I need an alignment?

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    Tire balance -- especially if it smooths out again around 60 to 65 MPH.

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