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Unread 11-06-2013, 08:57 PM   #1
toates89
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shimmy when cruising

Just replaced all 4 tie rods in my 99. This fixed the clunk, but I am still getting a shimmy over 55 when cruising. Its worst around 70mph. the second i accelerate it goes away.

Any ideas at what i should look at?

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Unread 11-08-2013, 11:22 PM   #2
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If the shimmy is in the steering wheel check your steering stabilizer.
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Unread 11-09-2013, 09:44 AM   #3
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Rotate your tires. If the problem goes away then it's a tire issue. Also check the ball joints. If you ARE NOT feeling the shaking in the steering wheel then check your u-joints.
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Unread 11-09-2013, 10:17 AM   #4
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If the shimmy is in the steering wheel check your steering stabilizer.
This only masks a much bigger problem, check the ball joints if you can feel the wobble in the steering wheel, or u joints if you can't. Then if those are good check the bushings on your upper and lower control arms
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Unread 11-10-2013, 12:10 PM   #5
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If its a new stabilizer already then yes it would just be masking. However on my dub with 140K the shimmy went away when I swapped the stock factory stabilizer for a direct replacement new one. The one that was on there was the original and had 0 resistance left and wasn't doing its job. If the shimmy is in your butt, check u joints.
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Unread 11-10-2013, 05:03 PM   #6
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No, I've tested the theory on steering stabilizer, put a new one on and it cover up slightly worn ball joints. Wobble came back so I fixed ball joints. Put old steering stabilizer back on (it would fall on itself when set on its end) no wobble. Drove it like for a while and all I noticed was a some bump steer. Put new one back on and that went away as well.

I even contacted the dealer about this issue when my wobble came back. Steering stabilizers only mask other problems. It will fix it for a while but it will come back.
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Unread 11-11-2013, 04:17 PM   #7
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I may be wrong but I think the steering stabilizer is for off-road. It's like a shock absorber so if you hit a big rock or something the steering wheel doesn't fly out of your hand.
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Unread 11-11-2013, 06:47 PM   #8
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I may be wrong but I think the steering stabilizer is for off-road. It's like a shock absorber so if you hit a big rock or something the steering wheel doesn't fly out of your hand.
That is correct, but is also for on road use, to keep bumps in the road from tossing the vehicle back and forth
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Unread 11-12-2013, 08:08 AM   #9
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The shimmy is felt in the seats. I think the rear bushing int he A arm above the rear axles is on its way out. I was told during inspection that the ball joints felt fine. I wish i asked this question earlier. snow just feel so i will deal with it until spring. i think i ll try and pull the front driveshaft and see if it improves.

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Unread 11-13-2013, 07:52 AM   #10
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Rule of thumb is if you feel it in your seats, its in the rear. On a side note, I just solved my shimmy by rotating the tires. I took my left front and swapped with right rear. This wasn't recommended by anyone. I just got to looking at the tires and the left front had more edge wear from turning so I swapped it with right rear which had more of a square edge.
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Unread 11-13-2013, 03:23 PM   #11
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the rear tires make it worse
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Unread 02-10-2014, 10:02 AM   #12
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Its been a while but is has been resolved. I replaced all three tierods. and the shimmy was still there. aligned it. still there. then i drove all winter in all time 4x4 and it must of loosened something up because it started to go away.

then i had my tires balanced and rotated(the bad tierods caused some cupping)

Still need to do rear a arm

Thanks all
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