The front end still seems solid as a rock. I still cannot find anything wrong with it...except for one thing: the passenger side shock is leaking.
That cannot have been causing the problem all this while, because shocks have a finite amount of oil in them, but it certainly cannot help and I'd wager that's why it's gotten so bad recently. That leaking one means I've got to replace them.
Who knows? I seem to recall this issue became troublesome about the time I put those shocks on. Maybe if I replace them, it'll go away? Ha! Ha! Ha. I amuse myself considerably.
Anyway, while rotating the tires, I also found that the passenger side rear brake drum was coming off. This isn't a big problem as long as you have first removed the wheel (as I did) but it does indicate that the brake shoes are not adjusting correctly. Upon investigation I found two things: 1) the adjuster is not installed correctly--its spring keeps it from even contacting the star wheel--and 2) the adjuster cable itself is broken. This might be, in fact, why the adjuster wasn't in contact with the star wheel in the first place. That cable keeps tension on the adjuster against the spring pressure, but if it's broken--yeah.
So: Sunday it looks as if I get to replace shock absorbers and screw around with the rear brakes. Whee!
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I note here that when I installed those front shock absorbers, the suspension was loaded. With the Jeep, I jack it up by the front axle, and put jack stands under the axle to support it. Even with the wheels off, the suspension is under load; when you do suspension work you're supposed to tighten everything down with the full weight of the vehicle on the wheels.
On the wheels. That may be an important distinction. One would think that after 70,000 miles or so it wouldn't be an issue, but who the hell knows? In any case I'll put the new shocks on the front with the wheels on the ground, and then we'll see what happens.
...but I cannot find any blog post discussing when the wobble made its appearance. *sigh*
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Well--time to have some fun, anyway.