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My 2003 GMC Jimmy has excessive vibration when accelerating hard or at speeds of over 80 km/hr - 50 MPH. Could this be a u-joint issue?

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If the vibration is in the steering wheel, and you are in 2wd then chances are it is not you're u-joints. I would get other car on a Lift, check ball joints and steering linkage for play. You may jut need to balance your tires

Posted on Oct 20, 2013

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    Randy Filipchuk Oct 26, 2013

    Not the tires as the vibration decreases significantly when I let off the gas, especially at higher speeds. Also, there is a noticable clunk as I shift f reverse to drive. A number of local folks are pretty sure it is a u-joint. I'll be going under to check it tomorrow.

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PROCEDURE 1
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