Vehicles that are equipped with oversized tires have excessive weight at the front wheels -- weight that the manufacturer didn’t intend. This can produce excessive steering feedback in a rapid frequency, which can be uncontrollable. It is called a ‘death wobble’ due to its frightening and often dangerous shaking. A steering damper assists in solving a death wobble, and many trucks and SUV’s are equipped with one. A steering stabilizer absorbs much of the vibration that causes a death wobble due to the dampening effects of a fluid-charged cylinder. It's design is essentially that of a suspension system’s shock absorber, which eliminates bounce in a vehicle. The steering stabilizer may be lighter duty than necessary for applications with oversized wheels, or it may be worn out.
A steering stabilizer’s condition is checked with every regular maintenance or suspension inspection performed on your vehicle. If you suspect a problem with your steering stabilizer or if you experience a related symptom, have one of our expert mechanics check your suspension and steering, and repair it if necessary.
The condition that occurs because of a worn or insufficient steering stabilizer is called a death wobble and is dangerous. If your steering stabilizer or damper needs to be replaced, have it done as soon as possible.
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