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Front wheels are loose and wobbly. too much play in steering wheel, and while driving the wheels cause the whole car to shake real bad. what needs to be replaced?

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There is a steering dampener underneath that looks like a strut or shock absorber. Replacing this should correct the problem.

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I have an 1999 mountaineer. While driving a speed of 20mph to 35mph it shakes real bad.i pass 35mph the shaking settles down but still vibrates the whole dash.transfer case going bad or a u-joint?


neither
most probably needs a wheel alignment as what you describe is castor wobble
have a suspension professional check out the front end for loose worn parts and wheel bearings and get an alignment done

Mar 02, 2017 | Mercury Mountaineer Cars & Trucks

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I have a 2006 suzuki jimny and have a wheel wobble at about 48 mph,alo when going over a slight bumpy road i get a squeeky noise


Some front end part is worn, probably ball joint(s). Jack up and put on stands, have helper put long bar or 2x4 under front wheel and raise wheel up and down while you look for loose motion. If none found, have helper wigle steering wheel back and forth while you look for loose play in steering parts.

Feb 26, 2015 | 2006 Suzuki Jimny 1.3

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While driving dwn the road i hve a bad shake in my steering wheel i have a 1999 gmc yukon


it sounds like the front tires need balancing.if you drive the truck slowly(creeping down the road at about 5mph)and lightly holding the steering wheel do you feel the steering wheel moving back and forth.this could indicate a bad belt in a tire where as a wheel imbalance won`t show up at this low of a speed,but a bad belt will.also have the front end checked for worn front end components and wheel bearings,this can cause a bad shake too.

Apr 20, 2011 | 1999 GMC Yukon

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I just bought a 2002 escalade when i get on the freway with speed the whole consol shakes also the stearing wheel shakes and every lil bump you can feel it its the most unconfortable drive ever . i owned...


To check the shocks bounce the truck 3 times and let it go. It should rise past level and come back to level and stop. If it doesn't then the shock on that wheel is bad. Don't be shy when you bounce it, I use my knee on the bumper and drive it down. Do each wheel.
When you have that done, jack up 1 front wheel. Spin it and watch the tread near the ground. It should spin freely with no wobble. If it wobbles sideways at one spot you likely have a broken belt in the tire. Check both front ones for sure. After that grab the wheel top and bottom and move it in and out. There should be no movement. If there is you have a bad ball joint or possibly a wheel bearing. You'll need someone to watch to see what moves to tell the difference. Then grab the wheel at 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock and try to move it in and out. Again there should be no movement, unless the steering wheel turns. If the wheel moves and not the steering wheel, you have bad tie rod ends that need replacing. Then do the other front wheel.
It's also possible that you need a front end alignment. If you have to replace ball joints or tie rod ends, then get it aligned after you repair it.
Hope this helps.

Mar 18, 2011 | 2002 Cadillac Escalade

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Steering was loose while driving and turning, then suddenly would **** to the right


It sounds like you have at least one bad tie rod end....this is the most likely problem, but I have listed other things to check out.

To figure out which tie rod end(s) are bad, you need to jack the front end up and put it on jackstands, or if you have a buddy that works at a shop that can put it on a lift, that is even better.

With the front end jacked up and the steering unlocked, have somebody turn the wheel left and right and watch as the tie rods (the rods that actually "steer" the wheels) move - there should be no "play" or looseness in either the inner or outer tie rod ends.... the large turnbuckle looking ends on the rods. Most often, it is the outer tie rod ends that go bad, and if it is pulling right on you the one on the right side is most suspect. Also try and hold one wheel at a time still while your buddy steers and see if there is any slop.... there should be ZERO play or slop between the steering wheel and the front wheels.

Bad ball joints can also cause steering problems. With the front still jacked up, grab a wheel and try and shake it up and down, in and out. If you feel it move, replace both the upper and lower balljoints on that wheel (only one set may be bad, but if so, the other is certainly worn!).

Bad wheel bearings can also cause steering problems, and allot of shaking and vibration when you are driving. If you can shake your jacked up wheel any which way and it is loose, or if you spin the wheel and hear allot of crunching noises, you have bad wheel bearings.

All of these problems are serious, and if you have a sudden complete failure of the bad part while you are driving, you can lose control of your truck. You need to determine which of the above is causing your problem and take care of it immediately. The best answer is to go to a qualified mechanic, but if you are up to doing it yourself, be careful and don't try and do it all alone.

Mar 09, 2011 | 1991 Nissan Pickup

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I have a constant wobble at the steering wheel when driving in a straight line which does disapear when turning also the steering is sometimes jumpy and also have a loud sqealing noise on either full lock...


The noise at full lock is the pump screaming for mercy. All power steering pumps will complain a bit if the steering is held at full lock. Now, if the belt to the pump is loose, it will scream even louder, because holding the steering at full lock will cause the belt to slip. There is also a technical service bulletin for your vehicle concerning loud power steering noise which involves replacing the fluid lines and.or fluid cooler. This is not cause for concern, but an aggravation to the ears.

The "wobble" thing in the steering wheel is a whole different story. If it is wobbling all the time, it would almost have to be a tire/wheel or axle problem. I know you said this is not the problem, but I think you need to look again. Try rotating the tires to the back and see if the wobble changes. A very severerly warped brake rotor can cause this also, but will be much worse during braking. A bad axle shaft can also cause a wobble in the steering. This is consistent with your description of the problem changing during turns...A bad axle shaft can do this. Also check for looseness in the front wheel bearings.

Mar 03, 2011 | 2000 Chrysler Grand Voyager

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Steering wheel wobbles when driving slowly and in a straight line


you need to have your tires checked for a slipped belt, also if you get a shake in the steering wheel when you apply the brake you need to have the brake rotors re-surfaced or replaced.

Feb 03, 2011 | Ford Focus Cars & Trucks

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My left front tire is wobbling and I don't know why. I have attempted to take the tire off and put it on again. What could be wrong?


WOBBLING TIRE IS A BAD WHEEL HUB BEARING.REMOVE WHEEL CHECK HUB BEARING WHERE FRONT AXLE MESH INSIDE HUB.SHAKE HUB BEARING SEE IF IT REAL LOOSE AND WOBBLY. IF YES HUB BEARING BAD.

Dec 04, 2010 | 1996 Saturn SL

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Front end shakes so much it looks like the wheels are falling off


What you have is called death wobble. Generally it is caused by one or several loose components in the steering. You need to have all mounts including where steering box is attached to the chassis checked. Often the problem is caused by either bad ball joints or track bar ends or mounts. Wheel stud torque is also important. if any brake, tire, or other front end work has recently been done, this may be the cause. One item often suggested by shops is the steering stabilizer. It is often damaged by the shaking but if replaced will not cure the problem and will be damaged again.
If everything in the front end is carefully checked and verified as good, then as a last resort, have some additional positive caster added to the front end alignment. That often helps.

Sep 14, 2009 | 1998 Jeep Wrangler

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2007 jeep wrangler shakes uncontrollaby after


When you say shakes i am guessing the steering wheel. If it is the steering wheel shaking, it's know as the death wobble. Check the front steering components, look for worn or broken parts. Most common for death wobble are the tie rod ends, idler arm and pitmen arm. look for play along the track bars and check the ball joints. The other thing too that will cause a death wobble is a bad alignment. there may be negative or no caster at all which would give you a death wobble. Check all of the above and keep me posted. Good luck and be safe

Jun 04, 2009 | 2001 Jeep Wrangler

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