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Shimmy in steering wheel

When I am driving around 40-50 miles, My steering wheel sometimes start shaking. I have had my ball joints looked at and have been told they are fine. What else could it be.

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Have you tried rotating and balancing your tires? Are you sure that the road surface is entirely smooth? When was the last time that you had your alignment checked? All of these could be possible causes. Your symptoms point to a balancing issue in my opinion. Start small and then work your way up. Let a tech drive it and see if they can identify it.

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You may just need new tires

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