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Old 07-06-2012, 11:26 PM
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Hey fellas, just have a quick question.I was driving home from work on Thursday and I hit a man hole cover that was sunk down in the road with my truck on the passenger side front wheel. Truck is a 96' 2500 4x4 5.9 magnum slt. As soon as I hit the man hole my truck immediately went into a violent death wobble.I hit the brakes and it went away and was able to pull off the road. I first thought I either blew the tire or lost a balljoint. I looked underneath the front end and noticed the balljoint end of the track bar was coming apart and it had a bunch of play in it across both end of the bar.I was only about 5 miles from home so just limped it with the 4 ways on. I went out today and picked up a brand new track bar. Question is are they hard too change out? I've never done one so don't have a clue gonna have a buddy give me a hand.Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.Hopefully it's not too hard of a job. I may also have to change out hubs being that my rotors on both sides are loose.Everything is tight but definately they do have play.I also noticed that when you spin the tire the rotor on the drivers side does'nt move as soon as the wheel moves.So I'll be checking that out as well.Does this sound like worn out hubs? Thanks for any and all help ~Ronnie~
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Their not too hard to change out, just have a long bar and a second person because when you take out the old track bar the axle will shift to one side and sometimes it can be a PITA to get it to shift back to get the track bar bolt holes to line up.

I haven't seen hub and bearings cause death wobble but chopped up tires can. Also check you steering dampner, those cause death wobble on wranglers all the time. bad ball joints and tie rods can also cause it.
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Thanks for the replies guys. A buddy of mine is on his way over so we can start on it. I'll jump back on later tonight with my findings.
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I have a 2500, I had to replace the track bar, and ball joints to stop my wobble
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if you have a pickle fork, it may make the job much easier
this is a cheapy pickle fork, but it gives you an image to view
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Thanks for all the replies. My buddy came over earlier and we got it knocked out in about 20mins he's really good with working on cars.He was actually surprised how easy it was too change out he was actually prepared for it too be a nightmare. We tried to checked the hubs but whoever owned the truck before hand put the axle nuts on way too tight. We tried a big breaker bar with the jack handle on it as well for more leverage and it was bending the breaker bar. So I'll have to get a torch and heat it up too see if we can bust it loose.He said as of right now it should be fine until we can get time too mess with it again.I took it for a test drive and what a difference with just replacing the track bar. way less slop in the steering wheel and it no longer wanders while going down the road. Now I'm in total debt to a good buddy for taking time out of his day to give me a hand...
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very nice man, glad you got it fixed.

Word of advice, if the bearings ain't bad just leave them alone, they can be a total nightmare to replace after they seize into knuckle.
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