I purchased a 2005 Jeep wrangler rubicon, in 2008. I owned this jeep for a month when it started doing this Death Wobble, that I have been ready about. This is a scarey thing, I didn't realize that it had a name. The first time my jeep did the death wobble I was going 50-55 mph, I thought the wheels were going to come off, the steering wheel was shaking so bad and noticed that when I put the brakes on it would get worse, Hence making me think I had, had a blow out. Pulled over all tires were fine, got it to dearlership, they said I needed new tires, thats all that was wrong with it. So had new tires put, it drove fine for a while then started up again, took back to dealership, told me tires were just off balanced. It drove fine for a while, about 2 weeks. Started doing it again.
I was on the road in november 2010, it started that wobble, I pulled over at a gas station ever thing appeared fine, got gas and started back out, as I pulled off from the green light there was a sound of metal breaking, at that time I was only going 10 mph roughly, the steering wheel lost control, it took myself and wife turning on the steering wheel to get the jeep to the shoulder, I get out and both front tires are both pointing out. The tie rod had broken. At the time and up until now I had been thinking it was bad work done on the jeep, when i would take it in and get the tires balanced and rotated to control the wobble. But after reading what other people have said about this Death Wobble, I am fully convinced that it was the wobbling that caused that tie rod to break, I would hate to think the outcome if I had been going 50 mph or more and that tie rod break. The jeep continues to wobble, I can only drive about 45 mph everywhere I go.
I agree something needs to be done, before someone gets killed. After reading this I am wanting to get rid of this jeep now, but will be upside down if I trade it in. The jeep people need to stand up and fix this problem.