1999 Lincoln Continental Shaking Steering Wheel

Tiny
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I have a 99 Lincoln Continental, during deceleration (Slowing without applying the break) and braking the steering wheel will start to shake back and forth slightly. Any ideas what might be causing this, or suggestions would be helpful.
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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007 AT 5:26 PM

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Tiny
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Tire with a shifted belt is the first thought.
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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007 AT 5:38 PM
Tiny
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I can get around fine, but by no means am a car expert. Would you be able to break that down a little more for me?

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Bryant
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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007 AT 5:45 PM
Tiny
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Certainly, An inside defect can occur that allows the steel belts to be come sepated. The result is a bulge or a lump that causes the tire to no longer be concentric. Stay tuned a minute and I'll see if I can build off that.
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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007 AT 6:10 PM
Tiny
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In this picture you can see the steel belts:


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/30961_tire_1.jpg



The Blue line represent how the outside will bulge.

In this pic:


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/30961_tire1_1.jpg



The blue line shows a side view of the defect.

As your wheels rotate, it is smotth until the road and this bulge makes contact. Then it is like diving over a bump and the steering wheel reacts. Going faster makes the steering wheel shake. If this is happening, get it taken care of asap as it is unsafe and can cause a loss of control.
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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007 AT 6:23 PM
Tiny
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Is the shaking the same as braking and not braking? IF this is happening when NOT braking, I would expect the above to be true. If the shaking changes when braking, most likley your brake rotors are warped and would need replacement as well.
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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007 AT 6:26 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for your advice. I checked my tires over and did not see anything, but I will rotate them this weekend. If that improves things I will replace my old front tires.

Thanks Again
Bryant Selko
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Thursday, January 25th, 2007 AT 5:24 PM
Tiny
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Bryan, are you doing the rotating or a shop?
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Thursday, January 25th, 2007 AT 5:40 PM
Tiny
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I will be doing it myself.
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Thursday, January 25th, 2007 AT 6:11 PM
Tiny
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Before you pull a wheel, spin it on the car as fast as you can and observe the roundness or trueness. Especially the fronts.
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Thursday, January 25th, 2007 AT 6:14 PM

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