Rough Road Wheel Hop - Jeep Commander Forums: Jeep Commander Forum
Suspension / Lifts This is the place to discuss the suspension, lift systems, and other stuff underneath your Jeep Commander

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-04-2009, 07:15 AM Thread Starter
Points: 213, Level: 4 Points: 213, Level: 4 Points: 213, Level: 4
Level up: 26% Level up: 26% Level up: 26%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 18
Rough Road Wheel Hop

Bought a 2007 with 22K on it about 10 days ago. Over the past week I finally had the chance to drive it on beyond my normal to and from work route, nice smooth surfaces.

On several roads that have tar filled cracks at almost regular intervals I seem to get a feeling like the front passenger tire is hopping. I'm feeling this in the steering wheel ever so slightly. I'm not being pulled left or right. When the road smooths out this goes away. For lack of better terms it's almost like bumps at regular intervals create a standing wave, and the tire is kind of hopping along the tops.

Ideas? I still have 10 months and 14K under warranty. I would like some idea of what might be wrong before I start the repair/argument process at the dealershiip.
duff is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-04-2009, 08:47 AM
Senior Member
Points: 63,765, Level: 100 Points: 63,765, Level: 100 Points: 63,765, Level: 100
Level up: 0% Level up: 0% Level up: 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 
a49erFan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Sunny Arizona
Posts: 12,579
Send a message via Yahoo to a49erFan
Sounds like bumps in the road!





To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


2006 XK, Steel Armadillo Front Bumper w/Warn Powermate winch, Rear Bumper w/tire carrier & Super Sliders, Rhino Rack Roof Rack and Foxwing Awning, KC Lights on Steel Armadillo Light Bar, 4xGuard Rear Differential Cover, Steel Armadillo Plates.
a49erFan is offline  
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-04-2009, 08:59 AM
Senior Member
Points: 15,238, Level: 79 Points: 15,238, Level: 79 Points: 15,238, Level: 79
Level up: 78% Level up: 78% Level up: 78%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 
adamag25's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Northwest Central Jersey
Posts: 2,629
I have noticed the same issue with my XK at 40-45mph. I doubt that there is anything that is wrong because most vehicles would have this "washboard" affect. What was your speed over the bumps?

Bright Silver 4.7L 2.25 RR/OME lift, Kumho KL71 265/70/17, Flashpaq, Lights, rack, intake, Super44, mopar skids, 4x belly guard, rear fog lights, MM9500 winch, GetLost4x4 winch mount

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

HILLBILLY DELUXE
adamag25 is offline  
 
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-04-2009, 09:15 AM
Points: 15,918, Level: 81 Points: 15,918, Level: 81 Points: 15,918, Level: 81
Level up: 14% Level up: 14% Level up: 14%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 3,374
are your struts worn out.

mine didn't use to do this either, but i now have 50K miles and a lot of off-road miles, i think i'll be replacing mine this month.
Get Lost 4X4 is offline  
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-05-2009, 05:18 AM Thread Starter
Points: 213, Level: 4 Points: 213, Level: 4 Points: 213, Level: 4
Level up: 26% Level up: 26% Level up: 26%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 18
I notice it most between 45 & 55....Have yet to take it on the highway at 65 or over.
These are not what I would consider bumps, that do this. Around here they fill the expansion joints with tar, those and unfilled that occur at regular intervals do this. Takes about 4 or 5 in a row before I feel it.

Dont know squat about struts or suspension in general....Is there some way I can check them for wear?
duff is offline  
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-05-2009, 11:17 PM
Senior Member
Points: 4,007, Level: 40 Points: 4,007, Level: 40 Points: 4,007, Level: 40
Level up: 29% Level up: 29% Level up: 29%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 282
I have had vibration issues with snow or mud stuck in the wheel throwing it out of balance. That would probably be the first thing (balance) the dealer would/should check, in my opinion.
brendon is offline  
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-05-2009, 11:39 PM
Senior Member
Points: 134,048, Level: 100 Points: 134,048, Level: 100 Points: 134,048, Level: 100
Level up: 0% Level up: 0% Level up: 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 
Yeggster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Orillia, Ontario, Canada
Own a Commander?: No
Model year: 2006
Trim Package: Sport
2WD
If 4WD - system: QT-I
Posts: 1,352
Quote:
Originally Posted by duff View Post
Dont know squat about struts or suspension in general....Is there some way I can check them for wear?
How about the old trick of using your body wieght to bounce the truck up and down .. then seeing how fast it stops moving?
Yeggster is offline  
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-17-2009, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
Points: 213, Level: 4 Points: 213, Level: 4 Points: 213, Level: 4
Level up: 26% Level up: 26% Level up: 26%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 18
Wheel Hop Update

Well after taking her to the dealership, of course they dont feel anything, and the clunking that has started in the front right side they are unable to duplicate. Thier solution.....grease the swaybar bushings. Which seems to have fixed it, for now.

Lets see it's -30 outside, so lets pump the bushings full of grease which will gel/harden in the cold...and of course stop the noise. DUH.....lets not fix it the first time!

Bet when the weather warms and with conitued driving they will be able to duplicate my complaints....and next time fix it, UNDER WARRANTY!
duff is offline  
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-17-2009, 08:48 AM
Points: 4,498, Level: 42 Points: 4,498, Level: 42 Points: 4,498, Level: 42
Level up: 74% Level up: 74% Level up: 74%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 401
Quote:
Originally Posted by a49erFan View Post
Sounds like bumps in the road!
Not trying to hijack this thread, but I think someone needs to change their screen name to "acardinalsfan"
Haags is offline  
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-19-2009, 08:23 PM
Points: 8, Level: 1 Points: 8, Level: 1 Points: 8, Level: 1
Level up: 15% Level up: 15% Level up: 15%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 3
I have the hopping effect in the rear. What could be wrong. Just installed RR 2.25 lift and their shocks.
Redwingmustang is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Jeep Commander Forums: Jeep Commander Forum > Jeep Commander Discussion > Suspension / Lifts

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Commander Forums: Jeep Commander Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome