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Wheel shimmy, floating front end

When I drive around 55mph, my front end starts to shimmy and feels like it floats it acts like I have a lot of weight in back. I ck'd all the front end parts and they feel tight, I was wondering if a steering stabilizer/dampener would help? I have 265-75-15 tires that is a stock size. that is like new had all my wheels balanced and that really didn't help with the shimmy....

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  • John Linke Nov 29, 2012

    I forgot to mention that it shimmy's- now and then.

  • John Linke Nov 29, 2012

    It's a 93 ford bronco 4x4 I had wheels balanced. Ck'd shocks. tire pressure. I made sure tires didn't have broken belts . I ck'd frony end parts they were tight.

  • John Linke Nov 29, 2012

    One more thing (lol) When I was working on the brake I had to take off (It rusted off and fell off) my backing plate on driverside.

  • Anonymous Nov 29, 2012

    Don't remember those broncos front suspension so I will guess you missed ball joints or looses pitman arm if you have a steering box vs: rack

  • John Linke Nov 29, 2012

    I jacked the bronco up took a bar to it and ck'd for play in ball joints and they didn't move. I ck'd pitman arm it didn't move Im not sure about steering box , if I can ajust or not it dose have a lot of miles on body 155.300 or so

  • Anonymous Nov 29, 2012

    You can not adjust out worn bushings you have to drive them out & press in new ones & may have to hone them to get the sector shaft back in,pretty easy he say if you have machine shop to use

  • John Linke Nov 29, 2012

    Ok Thanks. I will look at the bushing on pitman arm, I might have to take to shop to hone if need be.I still think thats cheaper then replacing the whole box and the work of taking out and old rusty shoe (box)

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I had the same problem; I had to replace the steering stabilizer and the track bar. There is a technician's service bulletin out about this problem; happens alot with Jeeps. Use aftermarket parts. It's called the "Death Wobble" and you can lose control of the vehicle very easily.

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WORN WHEEL BEARINGS, WORN OUT TIE ROD ENDS AND WORN LOWER BALLJOINTS ALSO BRAKE ROTORS WORN IT HAS LOW AND HIGH SPOTS.

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