Question about 1996 Nissan Maxima
There are multiple reasons the front end could be shaking.
1. Tires are out of balance or one has become separated causing a knot.
2. One of the front bearings is going out.
3. One of the 2 front cv drive shafts are wearing out or bent.
4. Inner and Outer Tie rod ends needing replaced
Above are the 4 main causes of vibration in the front end being able to be felt in the steering wheel. i would first take the vehicle to the tire shop and have them check the balance on all 4 wheels. Also, while they have the wheels off, ask them nicely if they could check out the front end for you.
Posted on Sep 12, 2009
Rotate and balance tires
Posted on Sep 13, 2009
This is a common problem and is usually caused my one of (3) different things and sometimes all three. First, it could be the wheels out of balance. Get them balanced and have alignment checked. Check the wear on the front tires. If there is any weird wear on the tires such as "scalloping", you will know that you have an alignment problem. Don't continue to keep driving if this is the case because once the tires are worn too badly and have scalloped uneven wearing, you will need to get new tires too. Bad alignment causes things to get out of whack and the front wheel will start shaking when driving, sometimes only at certain speeds. Next problem is worn out front end parts like tie rods that allow wobbling to take place, along with worn wheel bearings. If you do a search on Google images for "uneven tire wear" you will see examples of problems associated with various wear types if you follow the photos to their websites. Also tire seller sites often show it too, like Goodyear or Firestone websites.
Posted on Sep 12, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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