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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 cadillacs befor and i love how they feel. i would like 2 know how or wat can i do about it ?? its drivin me krazy . i mean i dont know if shocks is wat it needs but i hate the every lil street damage or lil bumps u can feel inside real bad .

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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.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011

  • jakedrennan Sep 22, 2011

    what size wheels and tires does it have? if they're 22" plus wheels then you'll definitely feel the bumps in the road more than with thicker rubber on stock 17's or something. also if they're big you might feel a little more pull. i noticed that with 22's my escalade wants to pull whatever the direction of the curves in the asphalt go. is it consistent on every highway or is it just when you drive a certain way? if it's consistently bad then you probably have some other type of problem.



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