Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Our Jeep Has Death Wobbles ~ Poor Thing!




OK, today we found out that the Jeep is suffering from something called Death Wobbles! Well, better the Jeep than me, I guess. Last month, I drove home from town, hit a dip too fast, and the entire front end started to wobble violently. I managed to stop and then drove slowly home without incident. Hubby had a lot of work done to the suspension and other stuff, and nothing else happened for several weeks. But when we left Los Angeles the other day, driving around 70 mph in the fast lane on the freeway, still in Los Angeles, traffic everywhere, the front end started to rock, roll, and wobble like crazy! Iwas screaming in fright, sure that was the end of us, but my hubby did a magnificent job of slowing the Jeep down and saving us. Phew! 


Today, he took it to the local Tire Store, and was told it's suffering from a Death Wobble. They said the dealer may not even know what that is and we may have to take it to a place that specializes in Jeeps. Well, the dealer in Lancaster knew about it and my husband will take it in on Friday. This does not mean they can cure the problem, apparently no one knows how to find it. At least that's how I understand it. 

Has anyone out there in Bloggyland heard of this or had it happen to you? 



I have read lots of your blog posts today, but I'm nowhere near caught up. My Google Chrome seems to suffer from some sort of wobble today, as well. Maybe it's just too hot here. It's 104 outside and probably a good 80 plus in here. We need air conditioning for about three weeks a year here, but we don't have it, so we suffer. 

Samson says: Tell me about it!!!


Tomorrow we're going on another road trip. This time to Glendale, which means we'll go on a different freeway along the beautiful San Gabriel mountains. I don't think I have any pictures of that route, so I'll bring my camera again. We'll take our old truck with its rebuilt engine. That should be exciting, hoping all along that it can handle a road trip. It has sat for so many years, one can only hope. 


Anyway, as you can see my hubby's little container garden is doing pretty well. We've had some wonderful red peppers, green peppers, and lots of tomatoes. And the rosemary is doing well too. My petunias are looking scrawny because of the heat. I need to feed them soon. But right now, I'm on my way to hit the proverbial cold shower! Hope you all have a nice evening.




23 comments:

  1. death wobbles? never heard of it! yikes! hope they can fix the problem, but it sounds rather mysterious and costly!

    i know you must be hot w/o a/c. poor samson and soldier with their fur coats. :)

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  2. Love the closeups of your garden produce! That's a fine looking Jeep, I'd say it's worth repairing.

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  3. I don't know if you're aware of it, but my husband likes to live in a hermetically sealed environment with no a/c, even though we have it. I finally got him to let me turn it on today--WHAT A RELIEF!! I like to be on the cold side. I don't know how you can exist in the desert!!

    I hope your Jeep is better soon!

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  4. Nope never heard of that problem. Hope your trip turns out good in the old truck. Hey we have sunny skies and 60 degrees today a heat wave!

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  5. The death wobble is a common problem on Dodge/Jeep trucks. I am aware of it because we own two Dodge trucks and have heard of it often.So far we have not had the problem, fingers crossed. There is a lot of info on the web relating to it but this site might have the repair that you need: http://www.lukeslink.com/. Might be worth giving them a call.
    Good luck.

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  6. I've never heard of death wobbles, either. Any kind of a wobble is a bad thing, I think. It's just not a word that inspires confidence. Good luck getting the problem fixed!

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  7. Thank you so much for the wobble information. I'll check it out tomorrow morning.

    As far as the dogs and the heat go, Soldier is fine because he sleeps his days away in a cool dark bedroom with a ceiling fan and one other fan going. And as soon as the sun sets it gets cold here because of the altitude. It's in the 40s and 50s at night. Samson is outside in the dog run most of the night. And Soldier is outside in the mornings. I walk them from 6 am to 7 am when it's cool outside. So my big concern is Samson from 3 pm to sunset, around 8 pm. I have cut a lot of his fur off and I keep him wet and quiet. He likes to lie down on the one piece of concrete floor we have. That and keeping him wet seems to work better than the fans. But it is not a good thing for him. My hubby soaks the dog run three times a day as well and that helps a bit. But it's really tough on Samson every afternoon. Then he's OK again. I'm not OK either and I just wish this heatwave will be over with soon.

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  8. I've never heard of the 'death wobble' before. I hope you get it fixed because it sounds really unsafe.

    Good luck

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  9. I've never heard of the 'death wobble' before. I hope you get it fixed because it sounds really unsafe.

    Good luck

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  10. I've never heard of the 'death wobble' before. I hope you get it fixed because it sounds really unsafe.

    Good luck

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  11. Hi Inger,nope,never heard of a death wobble before...I once drove an old truck of ours and the prop shaft just plain fell out onto the road...I was quite speechless with shock....even after it was fixed I never got in it again!!

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  12. Well since I is a dog and don't drive...not dat I haven't tried but mum says no cuz I can't reach da pedals and her don't trust me to drive...I has nevers heard of a wobble. I hope you can get it all fixed up. Dat would be terribles if you gotted stranded somewheres.
    POOR Samson, he gots to be miserable in da heat with all dat hair. But I'll be glad to take some from him and make me a sweater;)

    Puddles

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  13. your bucket garden looks wonderful. hubby loves putting things in 5 gallon buckets and growing them. i have never heard of death wobble but i have never even ridden in a jeep before. i do hope they can figure out what it is and fix it and i pray now for your safety as you leave in the truck. it isn't one thing it is ten, is my motto, and sounds like you might be there to.

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  14. Sounds like me first thing in the mornings. I recently told a young carpenter that I am wobbly when I go down the stairs in the morning so I touch the wall all way down just to keep my balance. He said: "Then we need to put a handrail up." And he did... sure helps the wobbles. Wish the solution for your Jeep could be as simple.

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  15. I've never heard of "death wobbles." But it sounds sufficiently frightening. I do hope it can be repaired. I can imagine that life in your part of the world would be challenging without four wheel drive.

    Poor people; poor puppies; when you're hot, you're hot! I hope the weather moderates and everyone feels better.

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  16. Hope you are able to get the "wobbles" fixed. It is hot here too. We have been hovering around 112 - 115 all week.

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  17. Dear Inger, I've never heard of "Death Wobbles." But I have heard a lot about car accidents and I'm so relieved that you weren't in one! Peace.

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  18. Oh, heck Inger, it's probably just out of alignment from hitting that whole too fast! Sampson is so darned handsome!!!!!...:)JP

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  19. Hello Inger! I am in love with your header! It is beautiful!! I'm so glad you are alright... with that wobbly jeep. Have fun on your next road trip, I'm looking forward to more great pictures.

    Gracie: "Samson, come spend the hot summers with me. Dad keeps our house so cold, all summer long."

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  20. Good that you two survived the highway wobbles!! relatively unscathed. Hope they find the cause in the Jeep.
    Look at those plants! I loved to grow tomatoes but since we have so much shade now in our garden, we can't grow veggies at all! Peppers are a sure sign of heat....another thing we don't get too much of...but that's OK with me.
    Sophie does not do well in heat either as we found out this week. Thank god for the beach!
    Have a great road trip and I'd love to see photos of this mountain range.

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  21. When my ex and I lived in Louisiana we used to take an old sheet and put it in the freezer and then take it and hang it in front of a fan or window,may give ya some relief there.

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  22. Hi Inger - or perhaps that should be Oh! Inger .. I do hope you can get the Jeep sorted .. death wobbles - sounds distinctly unsettling. Good luck with the repairs ...

    Love the veggies and I can see it's slightly warm!! - how horrid - it's the furry ones I feel for.

    Love the lavender in your photo archive .. cheers Hilary

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  23. Tie rod - the backend of our truck - we were going over an old iron bridge and we hit a bump - i thought we were going to BOUNCE OFF THE BRIDGE! unfortunately for me i was taking a nap at the time and i woke up to it - poor mr foresterman had to deal with me screaming "WAHHTSSS HAPPENING???" while driving a bouncy truck off of the bridge ...a broken tie rod.

    poor samson - samoyeds and heat are not a good mix! Dexter just lays and lays on the cold cement in the garage during the hot part of the day - im sure samson has their favorite spot too! Tombstone (a blogger who is smart!) says to take a frozen water bottle (1 liter for our sized dogs) and put it by them to help them cool off - it seems to make them happy as they lick it to death too LOL

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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