Absolutely! These are "killer cars" when it comes to tie rod ends. I can guarantee yours are not original. The outer tie rod ends can check fine and separate less than 1000 miles later leading to loss of steering. A lot of people have been killed when they plow into a tree or oncoming truck. Then the separated tie rod is blamed on the crash, not the other way around.
That said, worn tie rods typically don't cause a shimmy but they can aggravate a shimmy that is caused by something else. Based on the observation of the higher speed, you might have nothing worse than an out-of-balance tire. A tire could have a broken belt too but you will normally feel that at much lower speeds too. The best place to start is with an inspection at a tire and alignment shop.
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Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 AT 11:07 PM