2006 Jeep Wrangler question

Tiny
ATHAME193
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I have a 2006 Jeep Wrangler X and I have been experiencing steering wheel vibration for many months, the dealership has not been able to fix it and they have told me that vibration is normal for jeeps(this is not true b/c my mother bought a new jeep at the same time that I did and she doesn't have a problem). However, I recently had my tires rotated and balanced and this seems to have made the problem worse. When driving on the highway I can take my hands off of the steering wheel and see it shaking around quite a bit. And while the Jeep goes in the general direction that I point it, it feels like it's hard to steer and I have to constantly correct it. What should I have checked? It's gotten to the point that it is difficult to drive the car on the highway and keep it going in a straight line! I also often hear a slight clicking noise when accelerating, if that has anything to do with it.
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Friday, February 9th, 2007 AT 8:25 AM

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Tiny
BRUCE HUNT
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Just the change in the feel by rotation leads me to believe that you have a tire (or more than one) with a bad belt. Say nothing of the alignment.
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Friday, February 9th, 2007 AT 10:42 AM
Tiny
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Well I had an alignment done and there was no noticeable difference whatsoever. Do you really think that it could be the tires even though they are stock and the problem started when the car was only a couple of months old? How can I tell if that is the problem?
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Friday, February 9th, 2007 AT 9:25 PM
Tiny
BOBINYELM
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Swap the tires between your mom's new Jeep and yours and see if the problem stays with the vehicle, or moves w/ the tires. That should tell you for sure if the tires/wheels are at fault.

Swap by pairs (Front first, then drive. Rears next, then drive).

Bob
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Saturday, February 10th, 2007 AT 10:42 PM
Tiny
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My mom actually has different rims than I do so I don't think that I can do that. Can my mechanic let me know for sure if this is the problem? I would just really hate to waste all of that money buying tires if I don't need them!
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Saturday, February 10th, 2007 AT 11:34 PM

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