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Shake and shimmey

My 96 E150 starts to shake and shimmy when you apply pressure to the brakes when traveling over 40 miles per hour. had new tires and align done 2 months ago. It looks like one of the bushings might be cracked between the front stabilizer bar and the tie rod.

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  • scott_truesd Jan 14, 2009

    It was combo of brakes, tie rods, idle arm, and the stabilizer/ pitman arm. Replaced them all and problem is all gone. Thanks for the help

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Any time you see cracked bushings you should replace them, but I would expect the "shimmy" to happen with or without brakes applied if these were the problems. How long has it been since you turned or replaced the frontrotors? It sounds like warped rotors to me. If here is enough thickness left you may be able to get them turned, as inexpensive as they are these days you may want to just replace them with new ones.

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If the problem exists only when you are braking, I'd start by inspecting the brakes. Typically when you can "feel" the shake and shimmy through the steering wheel, it indicates a front brake issue. So, I'd start by removing a wheel and inspecting the pads and pay special attention to the condition of the rotor (I suspect the rotor is your culprit).

If it's not the problem, no harm no foul. But it's a lot cheaper to eliminiate as the problem than replacing front end parts and bushings (YUCK!).

Hope this helps and good luck!

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From what you say you are experiencing, the bush wear should be quite noticeable on inspection.
Possibly too.... the problem may also be the brake discs, giving you a judder ?
Good Luck !
John.

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