2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Passenger side shaking

Tiny
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  • 2001 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO
  • 14,000 MILES
Hi while I'm driving 50mph my passenger side seems to vibrate. I've changed the tie rods an wheel hubs an it still seems to shake. My steering wheel is slightly leaning towards the driver side also. I want to know what exactly is the problem without going through a train of things trying to figure out what it is. I've changed tire rods an wheel hubs so far I also hear a squealing noise as I start it up in the a.M. After driving like 20 mins. The noise slowly creeps away. What can that be also?
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Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 AT 7:43 PM

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Tiny
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The parts you mentioned won't cause a vibration but after changing tie rod ends the car has to be aligned. If it wasn't that would explain the crooked steering wheel.

If you want to know exactly what is wrong you're going to have to have the car inspected at a tire and alignment shop. You know we can't tell that over a computer. Any professional would inspect the car and make a list of the loose or worn parts he finds. I'm not sure what you mean by "without going through a train of things trying to figure out what it is", but I'm guessing, (hoping) you mean you don't want to throw random parts at it in hopes one will solve it. That, again, is why we diagnose the cause before we replace stuff.

You also have to determine where you observe the vibration. Is it in the steering wheel, brake pedal, seat, etc? The most common cause of a vibration in the steering wheel or entire car is tire imbalance, a broken tire belt, a bent wheel, or debris stuck between the wheel and rotor or rotor and hub. A vibration in the steering wheel that started right after a wheel bearing assembly was replaced is due to failure to clean the three rust spots off the back of the rotor mounting surface. Those will make the rotor and wheel wobble, but you should see a slight steering wheel shimmy at very low speeds like when driving through a parking lot.

The same is true of a broken tire belt. That could be worst at 50 mph but it typically would still be there at other speeds. A tire out-of-balance is the most likely suspect when no vibration is felt at any other speeds.
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Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 AT 9:21 PM
Tiny
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Yes the shaking is in the steering wheel but I feel it's coming from the passenger side wheel. I had tool it to a tire shop an they was just throwing things at me like saying its the rack an pinion, shocks, crankshaft alignment, axles an other things. I left the shop an decided to get some type of clue elsewhere that's why I sent you a message. So I'm going to try a tire balance an alignment an hopefully that helps. This shaking is irritating a lot. I called a few places an they wanna charge $100 for a diagnostic test an I rather find out what the problem is an use the money towards that. With the items the shop told me; due you think it can be any one of those? 50-60mph = shaking - 60mph-above = fine. Shaking the car an steering wheel.
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Thursday, June 20th, 2013 AT 5:07 AM
Tiny
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There really isn't any type of free diagnostic test to identify the cause of the vibration. The place to start is with balancing the two front tires. Pay for that service first because it is relatively inexpensive and probably the most likely solution. They will also inspect the tires for broken belts but you need to tell them WHY you're having the tires balanced. They won't take the time to check for a broken belt if they don't have a reason to do so.

We'll continue searching for a solution if balancing the tires doesn't solve the vibration.
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Thursday, June 20th, 2013 AT 11:29 AM
Tiny
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Ok I will let you know once the balance an alignment is done.
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Thursday, June 20th, 2013 AT 3:03 PM

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