Shimmy and Shake In Front End At High Speed

Tiny
BOPPLES70
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  • 2003 FORD TAURUS
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 91,000 MILES
My 03' Ford Taurus's front end shimmies and shakes at high speeds. It doesn't really pull or clunk at all, though. Plus, my brakes are fairly new and my tires are about 3/4 through their lives.
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Friday, June 24th, 2011 AT 8:58 PM

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Tiny
RASMATAZ
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Check tires, wheel alignment and suspension-could be a transaxle problem
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Friday, June 24th, 2011 AT 9:12 PM
Tiny
IMOGENE
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It sounds like wheel balance may have throwen a wheel weight.(This would be the first thing to get checked) If a tyre had a bulge it would shake or bump at all speed but may only be noticed from about 30mph and would get worse as speed increased.
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Saturday, June 25th, 2011 AT 9:46 PM
Tiny
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Allrighty Raz,

Got another islander moving in!Lol!

Bopples70, ever so slightly get each wheel barely off the ground---then spin it, if close enough to the ground, the tire will Scrape, if there is a bulge in it.

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Saturday, June 25th, 2011 AT 11:00 PM
Tiny
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Good technique there Bubba, that's only for tires, what about the other concerns-get it going and keep me posted
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Saturday, June 25th, 2011 AT 11:11 PM
Tiny
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Bopples70,

My technique might also flush out a bent rim too!

I'm mainly and probably do my "Bestus" with "Real Jeeps", I now have 2, of a grand total of 7. Never owned anything else!

I admit.I have done my share of abuse; and my friends have seen Real H. Ell Damage.I'm sorta over it now that I'm older and wasted $$$ being stupid!

Things, that I have experienced with my Jeeps, might also apply to other vehicles

Such as a Big-Glass Glob of dried mud, stuck inside, the backside of your rim, will shake you senseless, for a while. Till you figure it out!

I have also noticed that I must, from time to time, RE-TIGHTEN my lug nuts on #6 Jeep (Mr. Jeep). Now that I have aluminum rims. Never had that problem with steel rims.

Even stupid as this sounds. If you have a wheel (especially a front) with low air pressure it could cause a shimmy.

We've been-a-talkin' so long. What's your take on all of this?

The Medic
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Sunday, June 26th, 2011 AT 12:36 AM

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