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After washing my 2008 Edge, I have a shimmy in the tires when I hit over 60 mph.

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  • joseseverino May 11, 2010

    Did you run the vehicle through a car wash or you washed it yourself?

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It sounds like you went through an automatic car wash and one or more of the balance weights has fallen off one or more of your tires. If you visually inspect the wheels and you find no objects stuck on the axles you will need to have the vehicle inspected by a mechanic. While It is most likely a need to re-balance your tires it is still possible there is a problem with one of your calipers sticking. I don't believe this is the problem but you would want to have it checked out since as a 2008 the vehicle should still have warranty on the braking system.

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