Mechanics

STERRING WHEEL SHIMMY

2004 Mazda 3

Steering problem
2004 Mazda 3 4 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic 49400 miles

My daughter hit a curb and bent two rims and ruined two tires. I purchased 4 new tires and rims and had them installed, balanced and aligned. The car steering wheel shimmys andl shakes at certain speeds. It comes and goes also. I looked under neath but no noticable damage except one strut has a dent on the outside wall. Could a damaged strut cause this, or a bent tie rod. How can you tell if a tie rod is bent?

Is it safe for her to drive?
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Mende
August 13, 2008.




Hi there,

If something is bent a wheel alignment will pick it up, I would be getting a reputable aligner to inspect this asap as it is not all that safe to drive and you may destroy your new tyres quickly if not repaired.

Mark (mhpautos)

Mhpautos
Aug 13, 2008.


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