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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-13-2008, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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Before you replace that drive shaft...

Recently, after having new tires put on, my Commander was experiencing wheel vibration at 65 mph. I took it back to tire place (Evans Tire) & they rebalanced, however vibration still existed. They rotated tires thinking maybe defective tire but vibration still existed. I took it to the dealer assuming that a Jeep Trained mechanic would easily be able to identify the source of the vibration. He immediately identified the origin as the drive shaft and charged me $500 to install a new one. However, you guessed it, vibration still existed. It was then that I searched the Jeep Commander forum threads and found the threads on the need to balance the chrome clad wheels with a "road force" balancing machine that used the special adapter to attach to the inside of the wheel. I had the dealership put my old drive shaft back on, which fortunately they still had, and balance the wheels with a "road force" machine. However, actually no however, the vibration problem was completely solved and the dealership refunded my $500. Good lesson for the mechanic (check the balance on wheels before assuming the problem is the drive shaft) and a good lesson for me (check the Jeep Commander forum for people who have already dealt with the same problem before assuming the mechanic knows what he is talking about).

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Hmmm, I have this issue also, as soon as I get over 69mph, I get a vibration... I'll have the dealer check it when I next go in... thanks for the heads up.

Out of curiosity, why did they charge you for the install of the new driveshaft, wouldn't that be covered under warranty?
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I might have that done again, I'm still getting the vibration at 70-75 mph from the right front.

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My 2006 Commander is no longer under warranty.

2006 Jeep Commander 5.7L Hemi Limited
Jeep Crossbars and Bike Racks
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AEM Brute Force Intake System
Magnaflow Muffler
Spidertrax 1.5" Wheel Spacers
Billet Grille Inserts
SRT8 Pedal Overlays
Chrome Door Sills
Ipod Interface
Rocky Road Outfitters 2.5" Lift
Rancho RS5000 Front Struts
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Raceline Assault 20" Wheels
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