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When I am traveling at speeds above 55 and hit a bump, the front end shakes violently. It almost feels like a tire is going to come off. Any ideas on what this is?

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It could be either the tie rods holding your front tires in /out, or it could be bad front springs and/or a U joint. However, one thing I've noticed in all my cars is that sometimes the most obvious fix is the easiest overlooked. Check the shape of your tires. if you have bad front tires everytime you hit a batch patch of road it may feel as if the damn steering wheel wants to bust out of your hands. This used to happen in my 2001 tahoe when I first bought it used. (Probably why I got such a killer deal in fact). I simply put on four new tires and the thing runs like it just came off the sales lot (Its a beauty too). Good Luck

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Hi! Few things to look at. The ball joint, stabilizer bushings and shocks may be worn which can cause exessive vibrations specially on bumps. Once replaced you'll be good. HOpe this helps and thank you for using FixYa!

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