I have a 1988 Dodge Dakota, V6, Automatic, 2 wheel drive. This is not a clunker, but a nice well maintained rust free vehicle with just over 120000 miles. It has developed a shimmy which shows up when I apply the brakes, and also at speeds between 54-59 mph when going down the freeway. It is not a warped rotor, as I have had vehicles with warped rotors before and you can feel it in the brake pedal. This is not coming from the brake pedal. It is coming from the front end. I can feel it in the wheel, sort of a side to side vibration and the front end shakes when braking.
I have replaced the rack & pinion assembly but that didn't fix the problem. I checked the outer tie rod ends when I did this. They were in good shape. I have also changed the tranny fluid and filter. I put two jacks under the front end and jacked up the vehicle so that the tires were up off the ground and there is no play or looseness in the wheels. I ran my hands across the front of the tires and can't feel any twisted belts.
What can be causing this?
have the same problem?
Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 AT 3:01 PM