Steering and suspension systems are the mechanisms responsible for helping your vehicle handle whatever situation is presented on the trail, as well as keeping you both safe and comfortable. It can be the difference between bottoming out or having the ride of your life.
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We've put together a list of steering and suspension brain teasers to help you grow your knowledge.
What is the most common type of spring used in modern car suspensions?
What connects the center link to the steering arms?
The tie rod
What protects the inner tie-rod ends from dirt and debris?
What is the part that is parallel to the pitman arm and provides the pivoting support for the steering linkage?
What transfers the movement from the steering box to the center link?
The pitman arm
What is a death wobble? And what should a Jeep owner do when they encounter this situation?
The "Death Wobble" is a term that describes a situation when the solid front axle begins violently oscillating, causing the car to shake in a manner which makes the vehicle hard to control.
It looks like this:
You should begin by assessing the following parts:
- Tie Rod Ends
- Drag Link Ends
- Track Bar Bushings
- Track Bar mounting bracket holes and bolts
- Upper and Lower Ball Joints
- Steering Box Bolts
- Tire Pressure and Wear
- Control Arm Bushings and Bracket Holes
If none of these parts are worn, check that that the caster and toe-in are set correctly. Also make sure that your tie rod is not bent.
Lastly, inspect your hub bearings. Debris in the hub bearings can cause oscillation as well.
If you are unclear on any item on the list, or if you still cannot identify the cause of your death wobble, then your best bet would be to take your rig down to a trusted, reputable 4x4 shop.