Mechanics

FRONT END SHIMMY - VIBRATION

2001 Ford Taurus

Shakes or Wobbles problem
2001 Ford Taurus 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 113000 miles

I have an irritating front end shimmy/vibration when driven over normal surfaces at speeds 50mph and higher. I personally decided to replace all of the below items after zero success with multiple Ford Service Dapartments and multiple Indepentent Specialty Shops figuring out what is causing the shimmy/vibration. Shimmy/vibration issues have existed shortly after I purchased the car new on 10/10/2001 (I am the only owner of the car).

4 New Continental TouringTires
4 New Michelin Harmony Tires
4 New Kumho KR21 Tires
8 New Firestone Tires (4-Affinity & 4-FR710)
4 New Bridgestone EL400 Tires
All 4 wheels always torqued at 90lbs (Ford range is 85lbs through 105lbs) everytime
4 wheels purchased, installed and inspected for warp and run-out and everything verified to be within spec.
Each set of tires were Road Force Balanced on a Hunter GSP9700 Machine balanced out at less than 10lbs of road force.
New multiple Alignments (some of which I watched) perfect to spec Camber, Caster & Toe.
4 New Monroe Quick Struts
2 New Moog Ball Joints
2 New Pairs Moog Sway Bar End Links (Both Front & Both Rear)
1 New Motorcraft Front Sway Bar (New Bushings are pre-secured to the Bar)
1 New Motorcraft Rear Sway Bar (New Bushings are pre-secured to the Bar)
2 New Moog Inner Tie Rods
2 New Moog Outer Tie Rods
2 New Axle Hub Assemblies
2 New Motorcraft Front Axles (Left Side & Right Side) and output shaft seals.
3 New Motorcraft Motor Mounts (Front, Rear & Top)
1 New Motorcraft Transmission Mount
2 New Motorcraft Control Arms (Left & Right) with new bushings built in.
1 Pair Motorcraft Front Subframe Bushings
1 Pair Motorcraft Rear Subframe Bushings
1 Pair New Motorcraft Rotors
1 Pair New Motorcraft Loaded Calipers
All New Motorcraft Exhaust Hangers, Muffler & Flange Gaskets.
Transmission thoroughly inspected with the pan removed and no metal shavings at all (I have it flushed every 30K miles faithfully).
Steering Gear thoroughly inspected with no looseness discovered. I also have it flushed every 30K miles).

The bottom line, is that after all of the silly thing of doing all of the above in my personal persuit of solving the problem the same as it was before I spent a ton of money. Hopefully you are more successful at helping me figure out what would be the cause of this shimmy/vibration is, because I have been painfully unsuccessful.
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Keibie40
May 11, 2010.



Did You ever fix this? I am looking into the same endless money pit!

Tiny
George.wall
Mar 21, 2013.