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Very bad vibration when braking and between 60-65 mph

I'm driving a 95 Tbird with a 4.6...I have already ruled out brakes....when I go to ease on the brakes my steering shakes so bad I can barely hang on to the wheel, but once I apply full petal it stops. Also when traveling at high speeds it feels like I'm constantly correcting myself although I'm not. Or in other words it weaves back and forth on the road. It's quite scary. I believe that it is the inner tie rod on the passanger side but through the easy tire test of jacking the front end up and if the tire moves from the left and right it's a rod if it moves up and down it's a bearing. Tire seems solid but makes a clicking noise when I move the wheels via steering wheel. It sounds as though it might be coming from the long what looks like a hydrolic cylinder mounted to the frame directly between both tires. I don't know what it's called sorry. Please help got a long trip and need to get it fixed asap! Thanks!

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    how can you rule out the brakes?, you are describing a front brake rotor problem, them are warped from heat, this shakes the steering wheel. please explain why u don't think brakes are the problem?

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Sonds like two problems. One is a brake issue. Your front rotor(s) should be replaced. There is warpage from overheating. The component you've described is the rack and pinion. It is NOT user friendly! Take your vehicle to a qualified person for repair.

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Sorry to say, but you may have compounded problems. The braking vibration may still be brake related. Unless you have replaced the brakes, take another look. There can be warpage, hot spots, pitting, etc that may or may not be seen by the naked eye.
The steering issue, assuming you have properly checked all of the suspension/steering components correctly, could be bad or underinflated tires or poor alignment.
The cylinder shaped component you are referring to is the steering rack. If there is a problem with the rack, I recommend having a qualified technician address the problem.

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You really need to get this into a steering specialist.vague,wandering steering with a click is a sure sign of worn components,the bad vibration is consistent with this.I had a callout to a vehicle 2 weeks ago with similar fault,it failed on the road and could have killed driver or another .there are a number of joints in this area that contribute to this sympton,they all need correct inspection.steering rack or box,rack ends,tie rod ends,balljoints,wishbone/arm bushes,steering universals etc.

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