Join Date: May 2000
Location: Wallingford, Connecticut
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Re: What causes DEATH WOBBLE ??????
One day, about 5 years ago, I hit a very shallow, about 5 ft. long depression. What it was is that water got under the last paving job and froze. So it was only a couple inches deep. I was driving 45-50 mph, with a slight left curve in the road. I hit this depression, it really wasn't a pothole. As soon as I hit this thing, the truck started shaking VIOLENTLY. The truck then had a mind of it's own. It was bouncing and shaking across the yellow lines. As hard as I tried, I had no control of the truck. I like to think I'm a fairly strong guy. I'm 6'3", 260lbs. As hard as I tried to turn the wheel right, it just kept going left. The harder you brake, the worse it gets. Thankfully, the guy coming towards me was alert and saw I was in trouble. He locked 'em up, and I crossed to the other side of the road, just missing him. After I came to a stop on some guys lawn, I checked my drawers and lit a cigarette. The guy that locked 'em up stopped to check on me. After exchanging some holy craps and what not, He said my right wheel was a blur it was shaking so fast. I felt as if I broke both my wrists. Anyhow, it happened a few more times, but nothing like that one. It is a 2wd and was overloaded. It happened to my 4wd too, but I had a couple broken axle pivot brackets. We had my trucks front end completely apart looking for a problem that would cause the wobble. Found nothing wrong. Happened a couple more times. Brought the truck in for an alignment and it never happened again. I gotta say that it was the most scared I had ever been in my life. No joke.
'94 F250, 4X4, 7.3, E40D, 4.10, 147K