2005 Ford Taurus 2005 Taurus Shaking badly after long road

Tiny
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Shakes or Wobbles problem
2005 Ford Taurus Automatic 51200 miles

My kids and I are on a road trip, which we started yesterday. After we drove about 200 miles on the freeway at fairly high speeds, I noticed a marked vibration or shaking that I can feel through the steering wheel - I noticed this when we exited and reduced speed. I can really feel it now when we are at a low speed but it smooths out when we pick up speed. We are at our destination for a few days and I want to have it looked at, but being in a strange place I don't want someone to take advantage of me, and I don't even know the terminology to tell them what's wrong! Please, in your answer, talk to me like I am a 5 year old because that is about my level of understanding of auto matters. Thanks!
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Monday, June 30th, 2008 AT 3:26 PM

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Tiny
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I would say that you may need a front end alignment or some ball joints or even tie rod ends, could be any of these. Dont let them tell you you that your struts are causing it. Its gotta be one of the three that I mentioned at the top of this post
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Monday, June 30th, 2008 AT 3:49 PM
Tiny
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Can be a tire with a shifted belt as well. Check tire pressure! Have them inspected at a tire store.
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Monday, June 30th, 2008 AT 6:05 PM
Tiny
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Yes sir, that too
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Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 AT 6:58 AM
Tiny
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Thanks so much guys! Our hotel is right next to a tire place so I'm going there first this morning. I will let you know how it turns out!
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Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 AT 9:16 AM
Tiny
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Your welcome and please let us know what happens
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Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 AT 9:26 PM
Tiny
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Thanks again! It turned out to be the tires! Very simple, but I wouldn't have thought of that. I ended up taking it to a AAA-recommended mechanic, and the first thing they said to me was "It could be your tires". Turned out all the guys working there used to work at tire stores. Anyway, they didn't charge me anything but determined that I needed new front tires, so I went over across the street to the tire store and they fixed me right up. I would've posted this sooner but we ended up switching hotels, and I didn't have internet at the new one.
THanks again, this is a terrific service!
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Thursday, July 3rd, 2008 AT 9:25 PM
Tiny
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Thank you
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Thursday, July 3rd, 2008 AT 9:47 PM
Tiny
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Glad to help.
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Friday, July 4th, 2008 AT 7:38 AM

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