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Old 05-22-2013, 07:15 PM   #1
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Wheel Shimmy After Bumps

First off, I just had my tires balanced to get that out of the way. But I still have a shimmy. I had my dad rapidly turn the steering back and forth and immediately heard a clunking noise. Checked all steering components and felt no clunking. Then checked the track bar and noticed there was definite play on the frame side. But saw something else when I was under there. It's a little piece of metal. No clue how it got there or what it is. Pictures below. Any thoughts on it? And any other ideas on how to fix the shimmy are welcomed. Thanks!




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So that joint is loose? If it is, it needs to be fixed before you can pinpoint the cause of the shimmy, whether or not it is the cause. Not sure about that metal strip. It's not supposed to be there. Pull it out.

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So that joint is loose? If it is, it needs to be fixed before you can pinpoint the cause of the shimmy, whether or not it is the cause. Not sure about that metal strip. It's not supposed to be there. Pull it out.
Thanks. I am going to tighten it tonight in just an hour or two. Then I will do the test again. But this could be the cause of the shimmy correct?
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I'd bet my paycheck that is the problem. Loose track bar = shimmy. Also known as death wobble in servere cases
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Thanks. I am going to tighten it tonight in just an hour or two. Then I will do the test again. But this could be the cause of the shimmy correct?
It could be. Is the joint worn out? Or is the bolt loose? How are you going to "tighten it"?
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:49 PM   #6
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It could be. Is the joint worn out? Or is the bolt loose? How are you going to "tighten it"?
I'm going to take the bolt out and inspect the joint (Pointers on what to look for that would indicate a worn out joint is appreciated). Then tighten it with a wrench and socket as tight as I can get it. I think the torque spec for frame side is 90 ft.lbs.
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I'd bet my paycheck that is the problem. Loose track bar = shimmy. Also known as death wobble in servere cases
Thanks, but it's definitely not DW. Already dealt with that after I had the problems with the axle side.
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:22 AM   #8
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Bump for tips on how to tell if a ball joint is worn out
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Bump for tips on how to tell if a ball joint is worn out
And by ball joint I mean the frame side joint of the track bar. Just for clarification.

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