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Wheel wobbles when you hit 60 mph, car shakes

When we try to reach 60 mph one wheel seems to wobble and the whole car shakes. This was worst about 2 weeks ago when we got stuck in some deep mud and had to crank the wheel to 45 degrees to get out. We hit the side of the bank a few times as well but the car didn't seem damaged. After this incident we could only go up to 50 mph before the shaking began. After some intensive power washing and car washes, we got most of the mud off but now, with no visible mud present we still have a wobble on one side and shaking when reaching 100 mph.
Do we need a new rim to that wheel? What could it be.

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  • Steven W. Reinhardt Dec 04, 2009

    Problem was solved. Seems that these particular Lumina vans have very little room in the wheel rims ... hence, frozen water, caked mud and anything of the sort that gets inside the rim of the wheel and hardens causes the problems we experienced. The problem was in the back wheels. The solution: remove all four wheels, remove the tires and get into the rim where the solid has stuck and bang it out. A whole lot of work for something that would wash out with a pressure washer on another vehicle. Thanks for your help, everyone.


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I think it could be a worn ball joint or tie rod. Happens on Lumina APV's. Does it happen most while riding 60 mph + and taking a slight curve on hwy?

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Jack it up and spin the wheel ,could be rim or it could be a deformed /damaged tyre

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    Colin Stickland Dec 05, 2009

    you mean actually remove the tyres from the rims ,and mud was inside the tyre?? or just remove the wheels from the vehicle ,and clean them out .iam a bit confused here ,sorry but here in alicante we dont get rain very often and the temperature very rarely drops below freezing .just sunshine nearly every day


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