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Front end shimmey on 2004 Maxima SE

Between 80-100 KPH (40-60 MPH) front wheel end shimmies. I have had 2 new tires put on and a complete front end alignment. Is there something alse that one could have checked as I am fearfull when on highway that something serious may happen especially when my children are in the vehicle.

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  • cantcu Jan 10, 2009

    Shimmying for some reason on Maxima's the tires seem to do that when cold.

    I have found the reason for many issues, especially shimmys during breaking, is a known issue with Maximas, The discs get hot and they warp! They can't disipapte heat! Never could! Quick stops and you need to have them turned!

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    new tires balanced and u joints installed

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    2004 vmax with 11,100k on it and brand new tires. Bought 2 weeks ago from private seller one owner. The is well taken care of. Just today I was ridden and between the speeds of 45-50 mph. When I let off the throttle the front end would shimmy?



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It is possible that one of your new tires has what is called a slipped belt which is basically a faulty tire.

If they were able to successfully perform the front end alignment you can almost be sure that all of your ball joints, tie rod ends etc are ok as these really don't attribute to "shimmying" felt in the steering wheel.

The are several common causes of shaking felt in the steering wheel:
1. Out of balance wheel/tire combo
2. Slipped belt in a tire
3. Bent wheel

Your shop should be able to pinpoint the cause easily.

Take your car back to the shop that replaced your tires and tell them what you are experiencing. They can check your new tires again to make sure the belt on them did not slip.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008

  • Daniel Jenkins
    Daniel Jenkins Nov 17, 2008

    also tell them to check the other 2 tires as well.

  • Daniel Jenkins
    Daniel Jenkins Nov 19, 2008

    please rate this solution



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