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Front end and steering wheel shakes

Front end shakes even with 4 new tires any solutions? dealership suggested 4 new tires with an alignment was the problem, done.. vehicle still vibrating and shaking at 65 MPH now what?

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Most common problem would be tires are out a balance. Or, the tires are out of round ( meaning the tires have a hop to it; not completely round ).

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Trucks this old plus the fact of the MPH saying it can only go 80... I would say 60 is all your going to gert. But if that is not the case, just replace the shock springs or put a new type of shock on it. You could even check your leaves and see if they are worn out. Shocks tend to give out over time and the worn they get the worse they are. Get infront of your car and push up and down on it. when you let go if iot bounces 1-2 extra times I would say it is the shocks.

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