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When the vehicle hits about 25mph its starts to roll and shimmy left to right. we have replaced the rear shocks ,front struds,and installed new tires

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If its got front wishbones change the bushes or the hole wishbone which ever is cheapest

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Rub your hand over the surface of the tire. If it's been out of balance, it will feel out of round and choppy.
When the tire is changed the installer can check the wheel to make sure it's not bent.
If it's been bouncing for a while it can wear out the shock prematurely as well
Start with the tire balance...it may need a new tire to solve the noise and vibrations.

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