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Vehicle shakes when driving - we know it is ball joint

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What speed? a ball joint is not going to make it shake........it just holds the a arm to the strut. if the car shakes you need to look at the tires first, or find out why.

Posted on Sep 27, 2009

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FRONT END SHAKES WHILE DRIVING OVER BUMPS


It could be several things. First check your shocks by pushing down on the bumper with your knee 3 quick times to make it bounce. It should come up and down once, stopping in the middle of the second up. If it moves any more than that the shocks or struts need replacing.

Then check your tie rod ends and ball joints. There are 4 tie rod ends on your vehicle. They are attached to the front wheel and the steering box. There is an outer one on the wheel and an inner one at the steering rack. Try to move them side to side or up and down. Any movement means they need to be replaced.

To check the ball joints, you will have to jack the wheel up so it is clear of the ground. Grab the tire at 12 and 6 o'clock and try to move it in and out. If it moves, then have someone watch as you move it and see if the movement is at the bottom ball joint or the top one, if your car has an upper ball joint. Front wheel drive cars with spring/strut suspension don't have upper ball joints.

I would be inclined to suspect the tie rod ends as being your problem, but it could easily be multiple things so check them all. Hope this helps.

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How can you tell if my ball joints are going out


While driving down the road, if when you hit a bump, and your car's front end seems to shake or your steering wheel shakes from the bump; that is a good sign to have your ball joints looked at.

What are some of the symptoms that you are experiencing?

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My steeling wheel is starting to shake sometimes when I drive it what can that be from. how long show I drive jeep before trading it in... What is the worst scenerio that you can offer when it comes...


Shaking wheel can often be from a worn bushing or steering component. I'd begin by having the wheel balance and tire condition checked. If the shake is severe it's called "death wobble" which is generally caused by a worn track bar end or mount or bad ball joints.
Trading in a vehicle because it has a front end problem sounds a bit radical to me but you know your vehicle better than I do....If you want to trade it in, that's your decision.

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When putting on brakes, car makes a boom boom noise and shakes. The wheels on the front move if you shake them back and fourth. Is that my ball joints?


It's worse than ball joints, it's CV joints. Constant Velocity joints. They're the flex joints that connect wheels to driveshaft to transmission. Since your car is front wheel drive... take it to a shop and have them do the work... it requires specialty tools and is not an easy fix.

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When im driving my front end gets to shaking so bad i have to pull off the road, it use to quit when i mash the brake but not any more. Its a suzuki samurai 4-wheel drive


The ball joints need replacing and maybe the tierod ends too. That violent shaking can cause part failure which could cause you wreck the vehicle. Don't drive it usless it is inspected and repaired.

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Side to side wheel play


It could be an indication of a bad wheel bearing assembly. Did you check the lug nuts to be sure they are tight? It could also be the tie rod assembly. I would take off the wheel and try to move the just the hub assembly. Do you hear any screeching/squealing noises? Any popping while you are driving? Are your tires wearing? All these are classic signs of a bad wheel bearing. Any decent tire/auto shop can put your car on a lift and check the wheel bearings.

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1996 Jeep Laredo shakes between 55 and 65mph


You might take a close look at the ball joints on the front suspension/steering arms. I've had the same problem on another vehicle. Also you should check the front wheel bearings for loose play.

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Clunking in tire


check ball joints by lifting front end and shake tires. if loose your ball joints are bad. you will hear a clunking sound as you apply brakes during driving. its the play in the ball joint. the dealer wants $600 in labor. $160 in parts at auto zone. get the ball joint press also. good luck.

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Tie Rods?? Ball Joints??


at such low milage i seriously doubt that it is the tie rods unless you have a problem with the vehicle wandering down the road. with loose ball joints you would have a alignment problem as well and you would notice a cupping on the tires which you did not mention. I would start by looking at eithere the strut or strut mounts and or the shock and shock mounts for looseness or cracks. also make sure your tires are not over inflated this would cause the shock of the ruts to be amplified to the frame.

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