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1997 olds cutlass frontend shimmy

Frontend just started to shimmy @45 mph increases quite a bit at 55mph. what could cause this problem all at once?

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I have a 1998 Olds Cutlass Supreme 2/dr. coupe. 2 mechanics have taken a look and say it maye be a tie rod or a barren gone on the right front tire. is it worth the money to fix it or should I junk it. I was told between 2 to3 thousand dollars to fix it. Thanks Dottie.

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Wow, what a can of worms, but here we go.
First, be where there is an air source so you can inflate your tires. Now, jack up the car. You can do one wheel at a time if you want. Now, let the air out. All of it. Now, very slowly, turn (spin) wheel and look for a flat spot in the tire. This is an indication that the belt in the tire has broken.
Another thing is to check for bad shocks. This can cause excessive bouncing but you feel it shaking or vibrating.
Check tire for uneven wear. Poor alignment can also causing vibrations in the steering wheel.
Next, be sure that no one has used the "Fix a Flat" stuff in a can. It is used to temp fix for a flat but it fills the tire with a liquid sealant and can give you a "Fit" trying to figure this one out.
You may need to have the entire front end check for loose (worn) parts. Tie rod ends, ball joints,etc.
Good Luck

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Broken belt in tires or bad tie rod ends

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