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Front End Noise, Steering and Suspension

Noise in the front end of any make, model vehicle. Put a jack under the lower control arm and jack the left wheel off the ground, the trick is to try to get it at normal ride hight, grab the tire at the top and bottom and try to push and pull the top in and out inline with the ball joint. have a helper eye the ball joint and see if there is any motion(play) at the joint. If not, check the bottom the same way. if they are both good, try it side to side to check the tie rods for play, make sure the steering wheel is locked. Then do the same for the right side. If all checks good than it is probably the cv joint if the truck is four wheel drive, if it is not four wheel drive it's definately is not a cv joint because you don't have them. This Applies if your car is front wheel drive or your truck is four wheel drive model, go to a large parking lot, put the truck in a tight left turn, this will stress the cv joint, making it click, you will hear the noise from the side with the bad joint. Then make a hard right turn, then do the same things again, this time driving in reverse. That should allow you to isolate the noise, Please rate this four thumbs up if it helped, i appreciate your feedback. Thanks, Bob

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What else can make front end shimmy besides tie rods?


basically everything can didnt specify type of vehicle so well go thru list first tires out of balance or under inflated and or oversized for vehicle ---hub /wheel bearing going bad ---upper or lower ball joint bad or damaged ----upper or lower control arm bushings---shocks/struts bad ---tie rods not properly installed ---idler arm bad or damaged --steering box/steering rack bad or damaged

Jun 10, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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when driveing the front wheels wobble badly it's not makeing any noise and i have changed the ideler bar but that didn't help when its on jacks you can move the tire side to side but not up and down


you should check the tie-rod ends. Depending on the model, it may have 2 or 4 ends. You can check them either by taking a large pair of chanel lock type pliers and try to compress them, or having the vehicle on the sitting on the ground, push on the sides of the tires to feel any play. If there's movement, the ends are worn. Also check the ball-joints when it's jacked up under the lower control arms, by taking a long pipe or bar and try forcing the wheel up, if you feel movement then the ball-joints may be worn out.

Feb 07, 2011 | Chevrolet S 10 Cars & Trucks

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front tire wear on inside creating pockets and road noise. how much of the front end do i need to replace to achieve alignment?


You can't stop short with front end repair or your just throughing money away . But upper and lower ball joints are the biggest problem on this vehicle . The uppers are not bolted they used rivits to hold them to the frame and with antilock brakes the vehicle shakes from side to side and this loosens the rivets once there loose the front end can not be alinged So start with that ball joints the rest of the parts are heavy dudty

Jan 26, 2011 | 1999 GMC Jimmy

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my truck is making a noise from the front end, when i drive it sounds like a deep hum


Jack up each front wheel under lower control arm. With tire on & off the ground, with hands at 3 oclock & 9 oclock on outside of tire, try and move in & out. If you can move it in or out you most likely need a wheel bearing assembly.

Oct 21, 2010 | 2004 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

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left turns sometimes makes knockin noise seems left front, i see that the outside of that tire is worn too. I had front brakes/rotors replaced and seems since then it was happenin but not always


Could also be the upper ball joint, put a jack under the lower control arm and jack the left wheel off the ground, the trick is to try to get it at normal ride hight, grab the tire at the top and bottom and try to push and pull the top in and out inline with the ball joint. have a helper eye the ball joint and see if there is any motion(play) at the joint. If not, check the bottom the same way. if they are both good, try it side to side to check the tie rods for play, make sure the steering wheel is locked. if all checks good than it is probably the cv joint if the truck is four wheel drive, if it is not four wheel drive it's definately is not a cv joint because you don't have them. For the four wheel drive model, go to a large parking lot, put the truck in a tight left turn, this will stress the cv joint, making it click, you will hear the noise from the side with the bad joint. Then tru a hard right turn, then do the same things again, this time driving in reverse. That should allow you to isolate the noise, Please rate this four thumbs up if it helped, i appreciate your feedback. Thanks, Bob

Jan 20, 2010 | 1993 Dodge Dakota

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