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Old 16 Jan 2013, 10:32 am
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The car is nice inside and out the guy took really good care of it. But there is one problem with the car. The front end shakes at around 55 mph. Well went to Vannoys yesterday and had the front tires taken off the rims because the guy I bought it from sid he had to put some of that tire filler stuff in one of the front tires. The tier store cleaned it out and put them back on the rims. Driving to Mobile It started to shake real bad at 55. so it was a long trip from Pensacola to Mobile...... Any help would be appreciated...
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Old 16 Jan 2013, 11:04 am
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next step would be to rotate the front tires to the back and see if the 55mph shaking moves to the back. 95% of the time this is a bubble in the tire. they are not always easy to spot. the fact that you say there was fix-a-flat in the tire would lead me to believe it was punctured at some point in time. usually when you puncture a tire, it'll break a belt. after driving on the "fixed" tire, the belts tend to separate farther. over time this leads to a lump that would cause exactly what you describe. the kids installing tires aren't always the brightest and tend to overlook simple things, like making sure a tire looks perfectly round.

if it is more of a vibration than a shaking, it's likely a wheelbearing. a wheelbearing starts as a vibration you can feel in the steering wheel and gas pedal. if you say is starts at 55mph, it would require you to speak up to hold a conversation by the time you're at say, 75.

best advice is to rotate the front tires to the back before trying anything else. it's quick and free.

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Old 16 Jan 2013, 11:10 am
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OK Rob will try and see if that does the jb.
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Old 16 Jan 2013, 01:01 pm
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check the tires for bumps, Make sure they are properly balanced.

Also check the rotors for warping, a warped rotor can throw off the balance of a wheel pretty good :-D
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Old 17 Jan 2013, 09:03 am
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Hey rob I found out what the problem was, its my Tie-Rods. Getting them replaced today. Thank for the help.
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