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05-26-2006 04:32 PM #1
Front end vibration
Speaking of front end problems, I have one I can't find. I have a vibration that shows itself at 75-85 MPH (no, slowing down is not a fix ;-)
If it is there at lower speeds I just don't know it.
I feel it in the steering wheel but it really shakes the whole car.
I've replaced tires, brakes, front upper & lower control arms w/ the nice bushings (sorry, can't remember the name). Each time I replaced these items I needed I was hopeful the shimmy would disappear, but it hasn't. It also remains in the same speed range
My mechanic insists it is still a rotating issue (tire balance) but he can't seem to get rid of it on his machine.
Any idea of the cause?
Thanks in advance,
05-26-2006 05:50 PM #2
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05-26-2006 07:00 PM #3
05-26-2006 07:12 PM #4
I would assume that you moved the wheels front to
rear and the problem was still there.
How many miles on the car?
Have any of the steering components been changed?
If it is a "rotational" problem I would think it would be there all the time and just increase and decrease in intensity with speed.
Have all the wheels been checked for "trueness", meaning are they round and do they have acceptable runout?
Some have had good luck with finding a shop with the Hunter 9XXX series balancers.
Just sort of thinking thru the keyboard.
05-27-2006 04:43 AM #5
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checking wheels for true...
Mike, you can take your car to Ye Old Wheel Shop in Elkridge and they will check the wheels for true. They can also repair them if necessary but I don't know if they can do that same day. You'll have to call and ask them. (410)796-8400. Their address is 6363 Washington Blvd (Rt 1). Their shop hours are 8AM-5PM (M-F) and 9AM-1PM (Sat).
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05-27-2006 07:19 AM #6
Re: checking wheels for true...
Thanks Mike & all,
You answered my question before I could ask it. The wheels have definitely been rotated for tire wear, and they've been swapped with winter to summer tire change.
I was told tie rods and idler were fine but maybe I should go ahead and change them out anyway... nothing like throwing money at these things ;-) Will check wheels first, however, I'm the only one who drives the car and I haven't hit anything. So unless the wheels go out of true through wear I don't know if that is going to be my problem.
I'll keep all advised.
One more thought... I did buy a used drive shaft - could an unbalnced shaft send this type of vibration through the steering wheel?
oops -- nothing in the steering line has been replaced but I did have the box adjusted. Mechanic said it was loose??
06-12-2006 10:39 AM #7
05-26-2006 07:54 PM #8
Here's what comes to mind.
Balance the tires/wheels in the front. Make sure the wheels are in fact true. Most seemingly impossible to resolve shimmy problems are related to damged wheels, and the damage is usually on the inside of the rim where you can't see it.
Another frequent fix that fails to fix, is buying new rotors, but going the cheap route with rotors that can't keep their true.
Finally, you didn't mention what condition your tie-rods and ball joints are in, not to mention idler arm bushings, etc. If they're loose, then any slight imbalance will be exacerbated.
I would definitely start with the wheels and tires.
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