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Old 02 Apr 2012, 10:13 pm
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Default Steering wheel jitters

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I damaged my driver front wheel bearing in a crash a looong time ago. Finally got it replaced in January. Since the repair though, I've noticed the steering wheel shakes quite a bit above 60mph or so. Sometimes it'll fade, then it'll come back. Before the bearing replacement I'd had the issue once upon a time, but it went away when I replaced the tires. Is this a wheel balance issue or just the nature of the car?
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Old 03 Apr 2012, 12:08 am
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What type of question is that? Do you expect anybody to say that a shimmy is normal and possibly inherent to a vehicle? Simple answer, it should not be happening and you have something out of balance.
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Old 03 Apr 2012, 02:14 am
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What type of question is that? Do you expect anybody to say that a shimmy is normal and possibly inherent to a vehicle? Simple answer, it should not be happening and you have something out of balance.
Hey, take it easy. I've been in a lot of cars that have had the same problem and nobody ever seemed to really make a big deal out of it; how am I to know? I'll get it checked out when I get the motor mounts replaced. Thanks.
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Old 03 Apr 2012, 05:28 am
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Hey, take it easy. I've been in a lot of cars that have had the same problem and nobody ever seemed to really make a big deal out of it; how am I to know? I'll get it checked out when I get the motor mounts replaced. Thanks.
Sorry about the way you got the first quote on your thread! We are here to help each other no matter what question you got! I will start by checking the balancing first! If the problem still there then it is something mechanical! Good luck my friend!
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Old 03 Apr 2012, 05:58 am
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Default Re: Steering wheel jitters

Had the same problem, i'd take rocketmans suggestion and check your wheels are balanced then go from there. Mine were off a bit, rebalanced and jitter went away.
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Old 03 Apr 2012, 09:49 am
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Usually an out balance wheel/tire will vibrate at 60 then at 70 do to the normal harmonics of spinning objects depending on diameter. A smaller diameter tire will start sooner say 50 then at 60 then be ok at 70. Test is accelerate steady to 70 it should vibrate 50 then hold 50 for a sec. then 60 and so on. Same on the way down to 50. Also some tires when sitting say over night in cool weather will act out-of -balance until they get warm. My Jag is great for this with the big low-profile meats.
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Old 03 Apr 2012, 09:59 am
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sorry for the dup.post

If the steering wheel shakes it's the front tires or CVC joints. If your seat shakes (your butt) it's the rear tires.Sounds simple but people sill missdiagnose it. Also CVC joint don't aways make noise but a tell-tail sign is during acceleration from stop they will shake then smooth out.
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Old 03 Apr 2012, 10:09 am
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My Jag is great for this with the big low-profile meats.
My Vette does the same thing. First few miles it feels like I threw a tire weight off but then it slowly goes away.
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Old 03 Apr 2012, 10:59 am
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i hit a really small curb with my pt and after that when id go above 70 it would shimmy turns out i broke a belt in a tire replaced tire all is good to go

and my big 2500Silverado with the big mud tires is a killer after it sitts for a few weeks it almost feels like some thing is coming off
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Old 03 Apr 2012, 12:04 pm
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Default Re: Steering wheel jitters

They are using nylon on tires again, it's much, much stronger than polyester, but will take a 'set'

Neons had shimmy problems due to overly compliant bushings on rear of
front control arms- they weren't 'bad' per se- but no amount of balance
would help.

Every one here will tell you the PT's bushings likely are failed-

But for sure check for loose components, balance, irregular tire wear and broken belts first!

And welcome!
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