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Right front shimmy at low speeds, 25 to 40 mph. Replaced front wheel brake pads but was not able to remove the right rotor from hub although it was loose from lug bolts. Steering slightly left and right temporarily stops the shimmy. Tire wear is normal.

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I'm finding there seems to be a lot of info about similar situations due to CV joints being worn.

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Since you can make it better by unloading the tire a little I would suspect a wheel bearing. You also may just have a bad ball joint. Also if the tires were just rotated and you developed the problem you may have a defective tire.

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