When I purchased my 96 XJ6 3 weeks ago, I had the same symptoms, severe wheel wobble from the all 4 wheels at certain speeds. The is a sure sign of out-of-balance wheels, so 1 hour at Discount Tires and $32 later eliminated MOST of the problem.
After that was resolved, no more wobbling through the steering wheel, now only from the rear, especially when braking. I have not fixed this yet, but it is an indication of a warped rear rotor, possibly both, so those have to go. Need to also find out WHY the rotor(s) got warped.. possibly a previously-siezed caliper or some other issue, I will post my findings when I've found them.
I would think that you tires are out of balanced whether it be dabre in the rim or an improper balancing job some cars can be fine up to 40 but when you step up the speed more the more the tires become unbalanced. making the servere shakes.
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well that means vibration, and we will never know the source of that here in net bunnyland.
for example, it can be over 100 things.
top things, (all useless in the real world are)
1: engine shaking, misfire, needed a tune up.
2: tires out of balance, (weights fell off common) get them balanced?
3: suspension bounce, shocks bad, or struts.
4: wheel lug bolts falling off, loose, danger to extreme.
5: wheel bearing failure, same.
6: brake failure,
why not ask the living to inspect car and live to next day.
Is it shaking when you are doing high speeds or low speeds? Is the steering wheel juddering as well? Are any of the wheels hot to touch? If it is I would have your brake calipers looked at as they may be sticking. Most likely a faulty brake hose.
Does this wobble the steering wheel or your seat? The difference is very important. If it shakes the steering wheel, you have warped front rotors. If it's more through the car and seats, rear rotors are warped. Let me know please.
The noise you hear can be several things. I would start with looking at the U-joints on the driveshaft and then the brake rotors. Next would be the tierods and wheel or hub bearings. Finally the tires may be out of balance.
Somewhere there is extra play that is allowing it to shake. If you drive about 10 miles an hour and ride the brakes with your hands off the wheel you may see the steering wheel move side to side. That would show the front rotors are out of round.
Your car has front disc brakes, the disc's are running out of true, as u apply the brake this causes the steering wheel to shake, the higher the speed the more u feel this, the solution is to have the front brake disc's machined true again on a brake lathe or if they are to thin replace them.
I doubt it. You'd have an ABS light on. All wheel are warm to scalding hot after even light driving. ABS systems do not apply brakes. They unapply them. They simply cut the fluid to one of the wheels / axle sets of brakes. (Newer stability control systems use the brakes) In your case. The ABS can deactivate either front wheel independantly, or the both the rear brakes together. You can take the wheel off & flip the pad & piston up to check it if you want, but I wouldn't think it was the brake dragging at the top of my list, no.