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Shaking,vibration in front end and steering wheel

I usually rotate my tires every 5 thousand miles and balance every other time. My car has 86000 miles, original tires -- needing to be replaced soon. Recently started shaking in the front end and is getting increasingly worse. I did not get the tires rotated the last time they were due since I am ready to replace them. Should I get tires first and hope that is the problem, or try to find problem and then get tires?

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  • jeepster419 Jan 11, 2009

    I had the same problem and it was the brakes. Whispers has got it right.

  • marymrhodes Jan 11, 2009

    Thanks for all the answers. I forgot to say this is on a 2005 GMC Yukon Denali. Think I'll try the tires first to see if it is a broken belt in the tire and have them check brakes and front end while it is in the shop. There is no change when I apply brakes, so hopefully it is just the tires.

  • Randy Dix
    Randy Dix May 11, 2010

    Is the problem worse when you step on the brakes?

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Shifted steel belt in tire? OR- center drag link? or tire rod end?ball joint? Pittman arm? solution take it in for a estimate to see your nature of the problem unless you can check all the above your self? hope this helped you out John

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I will know better when you answer the question, but the problem is most likely the brake rotors on the front have become a little warped. They will need turned or replaced. They are not too expensive and easy enough to replace on your own.

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I would get the New Tires and have them Check out the Front and Rear end while it is up on the rack.

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