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Lateral skipping over bumps

I have seen posts here about noises and clunks coming from the rear and TSBs about replacing rear shock mounts, but not sure the category in which my issue should be posted. So am starting here. I have had a 2012 Laredo for around 18 months...over the course of the last 6-8 weeks I have experienced the right rear kicking out when I go over a rough surface or sudden dips in the road. It is sometimes very sudden and extreme enough to be scary. Curious as to whether others have experienced this and whether there was a succesful diagnosis and treatment of the problem. My dealer saw a leaky shock on the right rear and will be replacing tomorrow but I have driven cars with leaky shocks before and experienced nothing like this...am a little skeptical. Appreciate any info members might have.
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Re: Lateral skipping over bumps

Before I even got to the part about a leaking shock I was going to say shocks. Also check the brackets they mount to.

Shocks make for a smoother ride, but their most important job is keeping the tires on the road.


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Re: Lateral skipping over bumps

Thank you. After reading some of the stories about the kinds of the things dealers sometimes put their customers thru (even Jeep dealers), it's nice to have an independent confirmation that they might be right.
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Re: Lateral skipping over bumps

Too high a tire pressure may cause this too.
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Re: Lateral skipping over bumps

I have a 3 month old 2014 ltd that does this and the dealer outright refuses to admit that it's not normal. Only happens on the right rear.

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Re: Lateral skipping over bumps

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Too high a tire pressure may cause this too.
Oddly enough, so can too stiff a shock. e.g. a Rancho on top setting.
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Re: Lateral skipping over bumps

That was my next question. Can you adjust a shock absorber? Could it be that it just needs an adjustment?
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Re: Lateral skipping over bumps

Just wanted to report out on my trip to the dealer--they replaced both rear shocks and voila, the problem was solved..my ride is back to normal. The tech told me that when he removed the right rear shock, it just collapsed. There was no internal resistance, so it clearly was a failed shock. Note: I waited nearly two weeks for the shocks to come in and only that with the help of Jeep Customer Care...others have waited 4 to 6 weeks or more. Seems like this IS a wider problem than they care to admit...got this from the tech who did my work. Hope this info helps others who might have the same issue.
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