I've lurked the site for the almost 4 years I've had a Commander, and now I need some help. I've utilized the search and pored over all other threads that could be related, and so far I'm coming up with nothing. Please know I did try my best at self service before starting a new thread
'06 Limited with 5.7 Hemi
About 2 weeks ago, the Jeep started to develop this weird shudder move on low speed turns in forward or reverse. It happens most when I pull out of my driveway in the morning, and by the time I get to work, its gone. If the truck cools down, it happens again. I feel it in the pedals and steering wheel most prevalently, and it almost feels like the front wheels are skipping (like having it in 4WD Low on concrete). There is no audible grinding, and I've had my wife drive it for me so I could listen/watch in the driveway, and she had to actually honk the horn when she felt it, as you cannot hear it outside the vehicle.
What I've eliminated:
- Sway bar bushings (still there with bushings removed, but ordered new ones anyway)
- Truck jacked up by control arm - no play in wheels side to side or pushing the wheel in/out of the wheel well.
- Boots on CV joints show no tearing or leakage
- Fresh oil in front/rear differentials
- Tie rods were tight and were not moving excessively
- Shifting gears does not produce a noise, and "jerking" the wheel doesn't produce any noise either.
I have yet to change the oil in the transfer case (holiday weekend and all), but am getting oil tomorrow from the dealership. Trans was done 15K miles ago. I've also not checked the nut on the steering rack.
I am simply baffled, as it goes away after a few miles once it warms up.
Could it be alignment? It holds a line fine. The only thing that spooks me is if it is a bad CV joint, I don't want a catastrophic failure, otherwise I'd ignore it.
So, is there ANYTHING else I am missing? I really want to get it back "straight" as I got the go ahead from my wife to lift it and throw an exhaust on it, so I'm pretty motivated at this point
Thank you guys in advance, you all have helped me more than I can say in the past!