I drive a 98 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo and a few weeks ago I turned into a gas station and something made a loud ping noise in the front end, since then when I go over bumps it makes a hollow thump sound and when I hit a lot of bumps at once my steering wheel shakes and I have to slow down for it to stop, any ideas as to whats happening/happened?

Asked by May 01, 2012 at 07:14 PM about the 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I drive a 98 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo and a few weeks ago I turned into a gas station and something made a
loud ping noise in the front end, since then when I go over bumps it makes a hollow thump sound and when I hit a
lot of bumps at once my steering wheel shakes and I have to slow down for it to stop, any ideas as to whats
happening/happened?

7 Answers

261,915

Sounds like somehting let go/broke in the front suspension. Maybe a sway bar link, or shock mount. Have it looked at ASAP, as this can be a safety issue.

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175

sounds like a sway bar link to me as well its a bar mounted to the frame on both sides up front about 1 inch around each end then through the links with a long bolt and rubber cushions mounts to the lower control arm

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105

Could be the start of something known as death wobble you can look this up on google. its very common in older Jeeps I agree that someone should take a long hard look at it but don't start replacing suspension parts like I have done in the past it can become expensive and still not fix your issue. As bad as this may sound I would keep driving the Jeep till the part totally breaks that way you can pinpoint the real issue. I spent over a grand on suspension parts for a 94 JGC only to still have the problem for many more years.

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7,055

Sounds like a link just broke..... Double check though.

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1,775

If its stock height i doubt its death wobble

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Its your steering stabilizer/damper shock. I replaced mine cause it was doing the same thing and it hasn't done it since. It's a $30 dollar fix

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150

Have the coil springs checked in the front. Sounds like one of the coils may hav broken .

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