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Front end shimmy

The front of my 2002 F350 Crew Cab truck shimmies when i hit 45 to 55 then it smoothes out. i balanced all tires, put new balljoints and pivot arms and sway bars on it. new plugs new coils and it still does it sometimes. It has 183,000 miles on it and its been serviced every 5000 miles. What could be the problem? Thanks for your help...

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Those speeds are usually indicators of tire imbalance...or Radial "runout" of your tires...This means that your tires need to be measured for lateral runout...this confirms that the tires are not round...this IS a tire warranty condition...Hope this helps.

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SOURCE: I OWN A E350 1999 12 PASSENGER VAN WITH 193000(HAS A SHIMMY)

have u had your shokes check

Posted on Sep 11, 2009

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