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Steering Wheel Shakes/Rotates back and forth ~ 1" - Shimmy's?

You can let go of the wheel and it still drives straight, but you can see the wheel shimmy back and forth about 1", like someone is turning it back and forth really fast. Not as much vibration as there is the feeling of the wheel shaking. We checked the tires and they seemed fine, but I have read many problems end up being the tires. It happens at low speeds, 15-25 and at high speeds, but a little worse. I checked to tie rods, etc, and yes they are worn some, but seemed fine as well.

The KEY here is the way the wheel "shimmy's" back and forth???

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  • duanestang Mar 13, 2009

    It ended up being a "broken belt" in the tire. Found out by swapping the front tires to the back. Serious shake went away and followed the tire. Yes front end was worn, and ended up having the front end parts replaced anyway since 2004 vehicle used to cart kids around that we plan on keeping forever. Replaced everything except half shafts for ~ $500 inlcuding front end alignment. By the way, it was a 2004 Yukon XL. This was the first time I visited the site and didn't realize I was still in the Ford Explorer area when I typed in my issue. This site is awesome and the comments provided were very helpful as the comments and reading other issues led me to concentrate on the tires first. Special thanks to 66 chrgr and louies1988!

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    mike loshbough May 11, 2010

    have the run out checked on the tires

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    when i get to 15 to 20mph my tire starts to shake.i stop get out and i can move the tire back and forth toward the tire wall

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Did you ever let somebody check the wheel allignment, it may be the camber shaft.

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