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My car is shaking really bad, feels like I keep hitting bumps, even when I'm not...when driving down the highway if I let go of the wheel, it moves itself back and forth really badly...feels like it is pulling to the left

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Caryschroede is right. Those would be most likely the only problems. Mike. Please rate 100percent.

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SImple solution would be the wheels need to be balanced.

Not so simple solutions are
(1) tires that have delaminated the tread or some other failure (Very bad, could result in a blowout, need to be replaced)
(2) Need front end alignment
(3) Rim bent from hitting pothole or curb.

If tires look ok, are not worn out, and don't appear to need replacing, I'd start by getting them balanced. Most places you buy tires today offer road hazard & lifetime balancing, so this may not cost you anything if you return to the place you purchased tires from.

Once on the balance machine, they should be able to determine if items 1 or 3 apply. That just leaves item 2 to consider.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009

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Please have your vehicle looked at by a pro.
If you drive it, drive it slow, but drive it to a mechanic.

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