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Severe front end shimmy approx 60 -80 mph lexus is 300

I have replaced new front end tires, wheel balanced, complete lower control arms

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SOURCE: At 60 mph, front-end shimmy/shake

There are a lot of things that can cause it to shimmey, and there is not enought room here to explane it all. My advise to you is to take it to a frontend alinement shop and have it chk. out, could be serious.

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SOURCE: front wheel shimmy while braking

If it is while applying the brakes its a good chance its your brake rotors.

Posted on Jul 28, 2010

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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

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Hello. Most likely you have an out of balance or out of round tire. A simple way to check tire balance - if the shimmy is present at one speed and not present at another speed, then you most likely have a tire out of balance [sometimes the tire balancing weight[s] can fall off. An out of round tire or bent rim usually shimmies at all speeds and replacement of the tire or the wheel is the only fix.
Begin by driving to a reputable tire store and have them check your tires, a free service in most instances. IF it is not a tire, it could be that you need a front end aligmnent.
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1997 Grand Prix GT with 134,000 mi has a slight vibration/shimmy felt at the steering wheel at speeds above 65 mph. All new struts fwd and aft, alignment and new wheels and tires have been replaced in the...


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1995 Ford Crown Victoria - shakes/vibrates @ highway speeds.


Alignment has alot to do with the tires not shimmying.. Like zero toe setting. Loose componants like tie rod ends and the idler ar worn. You can ck for excess front end play by holding the front and back of the wheel and pushing and pulling on it, like rocking it. OR have someone rock the steering while you watch where the play is from underneath. By rocking I mean turn the steering wheel back and forth. Look at all th joints and pivot points for excess play, which is, movement not immediate to the rest of the steering system. Tire balance is very important. Wheel hop is a sign of a bad tire and it overtaxes the shock absorber. Shocks don't cause shimmy because they are a vertical movement controlA shimmy is lateral or side to side.Wheel balance weights must be spit. If a 2 oz. weight is needed to balance the tire, Oe once should be on the inside of the wheel and one ounce on the outside directly across from each outher.. Loose wheel brgs will cause shimmy, but they would not last long. Caster setting on the wheel alignment will also cause shimmy. Like on a shopping car. too much caster causes the wheel to start fluttering and is very hard on other componants. This may be why you have worn tie rod ends and a bad pitman arm. Worn control arm bushings and ball joints directly affect titre wear and can only be feltwhen the front end hits a dip and detected by side wear on the tire edges. Summary: replace the tie rod end and have the car aligned. Good Luck, -Ned_ sorry about the book

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Could just be your tires need to be balanced. When was the last time you had them balanced and rotated?

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At 60 mph, front-end shimmy/shake


There are a lot of things that can cause it to shimmey, and there is not enought room here to explane it all. My advise to you is to take it to a frontend alinement shop and have it chk. out, could be serious.

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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.

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