Front end shakes

Tiny
DNNSTPIERRE
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  • 2005 FORD TAURUS
  • 6 CYL
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 79,000 MILES
I had my front end alined. When I hit 60/65 the front left side shakes. Or when I put the brakes on going 60/65 it pulls to the left and shakes
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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 AT 7:49 PM

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Tiny
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Did this occure after alignment or was it reason for alignment?
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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 AT 8:37 PM
Tiny
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Have the suspension and steering parts inspected. The term "alignment" doesn't mean much on Ford front-wheel-drive cars as they are famous for building cars that can't be adjusted to reduce tire wear or improve handling. All that can be set is "toe", the direction each tire is steering.

Camber affects which way a tire wants to pull and if excessive, it causes increased wear on the inner or outer edge of the tread. That is not adjustable on your car. What you got is what you get. That is also affected by changes in ride height which decreases gradually as the coil springs sag with age. Ford also had a huge problem with lower ball joints and outer tie rod ends in the '80s and '90s. I don't know if they improved those designs by 2005 but it's highly unlikely. Those parts should be inspected at every oil change, and except for the speedy lube places, most professional mechanics know to take a quick peek at them whenever they have the car on a hoist. Even when they pass the quick visual inspection and a more in-depth tugging-on-the-tires test, parts that seem fine can cause sloppy steering a few hundred miles later or they can separate leading to loss of control and a crash. The Taurus is much better in that respect, but we called Tempos and '80s Escorts "killer cars" because that was so common.

Besides the all-too-common parts failures, you could have nothing more than a warped brake rotor. That is fairly common on any car. Replacement or a simple machining will solve that. You should have noticed that before the alignment though. They are two separate issues, and warped rotors are not affected by the alignment.
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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 AT 8:44 PM
Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
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Wife's Escape started doing a little shaking, at higher speeds, you could just feel a little bit of vibration, in the steering wheel.

It progressed into a good bit of shaking in the steering wheel at any speed and pulling to the right.

When she informed me of this---last night.

I jacked him up and spun the wheel (in the past I have pushed a brick or something near the tire to compare a "wobble" to)

This time it was not necessary, I could see the left front tire bulging, 1/3 of the way around, belts broken within. Sorta more than a "Goose Egg", more on line with an Ostrich egg

I swapped it with the left rear wheel last night, and now have a slightly bouncy rear end. Just to get her by today, by helping the steering. She promised no more than the 12 mile round trip to work. Slowly.I hate installing that little spare tire!

Thank you for submitting your problem. Until just now, I had forgotten about her Bad Tire!

Must replace it, in the morning!

Just so I can maybe add something to aid you. Swap front tires, to the rear, one at a time, and see if you have a change in your shaking. This might verify a tire issue. Or not!

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Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 AT 1:26 AM

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