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Death Wobble Trackbar Replacement Stalemate

mrblaine

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In fairness, the op's question was not about a repair or recommendation about repair. The question was whether the shop's concern was legit and should he pull out of the shop.

In fairness, he has a problem he needs solved. The first issue is he doesn't know what brand the trackbar is so he could not give that to them. Guess how to solve that problem?
 
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The first thing I learned how to do on my first TJ, was how to do a dry steering test!!!!
The second thing you should have learned is the dry steering test is only the first part of the test.
I'm not a guru but I can diagnose when I have death wobble and know how to get rid of it.


Only because you've been lucky so far. Hopefully that never changes.
 

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I'm still trying to figure out how it gets to anything past the first post without pictures of the front end and then the part(s) in question posted up to help us solve the problem.

I'm also more than a tad worried about any shop that regularly works on TJ's that can't at least proffer a very well educated guess as to what brand most aftermarket components are under a rig.

The good news is the OP is treating us not too differently than his shop is treating him, so there is that. Someone buy that boy a camera and show him how to use it.

This is why the 1 sentence response from me. I wonder about a lot of shops. I was in the automotive business for many years and I have a handful of people I would let work on my vehicle.
 

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..... And one truth remains, that a shop that specializes in 4x4 is seemingly unable to correct a simple trackbar issue.
Run away! Run away! (Said in a Monty Python voice)
 
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..... And one truth remains, that a shop that specializes in 4x4 is seemingly unable to correct a simple trackbar issue.
Run away! Run away! (Said in a Monty Python voice)

The term ā€œspecializesā€ can be thrown around like ā€œuniversal ā€œ what I say about something that is universal ā€œis it fits nothingā€
 
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My original concerns have been addressed, but my post seems to have gone sideways since.
As stated this morning, I am pulling it from the shop today, as long as I can get make it there before they close (that whole work/job thing..). I have told them as such on the phone already. I cannot post pictures as the jeep is currently in that shop, and not with me (yet).
Thank you for your comments,
 

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My original concerns have been addressed, but my post seems to have gone sideways since.
Well, thatā€™s new.

Your other question was for an Ontario shop recommendation - canā€™t help you there but I can say that getting hung up on finding a ā€˜4x4ā€™ shop isnā€™t necessarily necessary. Those speciality shops often seem to be parts re-sellers with some kids that can install stuff or monster truck specialists who do a lot of interesting frame-up builds. Skilled and experienced generalists who donā€™t brand themselves as 4x4 experts can fix shit too, and thatā€™s where I go 90% of the time. Iā€™m not sure that the trackbar repair you have falls Into the needs a Jeep genius category and, also, DW isnā€™t a new or novel problem. Do some smiling and dialing.