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Old 07-30-2011, 04:36 PM
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Question Tire rotation = New shimmy at 53mph

In November last year, I bought a 2004 Wrangler (Sahara) from a dealer out here. 8100 miles, vehicle history showed one owner, no accidents, etc. Vehicle came with 90 day limited warranty, no problems during that time. I've put about 3300 miles on the vehicle since I bought it.


I took the vehicle in for an oil change/tire rotation last week and now have a serious shimmy at 53 mph. It runs fine at higher speeds and lower speeds. The tires were new when I bought the vehicle and I haven't hit anything. Front end seems to be in alignment since there is no pull either right or left (never was) and when I let go of the wheel the vehicle stays relatively straight. Dealer says it's probably a tire out of balance, but I'd like to be a bit more informed before I bring it back in on Monday.

Any ideas?? Help is certainly appreciated.

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The same thing happened to me after having tires rotated. I had the tires rebalanced and the problem was still there. I had the track bar, tie rod, tie rod ends, and steering stabilizer replaced, and the problem seems to have gone away. I also had the alignment done as well. The first time DW happened, I only had about 24k miles on the Jeep. I think that the tire balancing or uneven tire wear may trigger the DW.

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I have a shimmy at around 53... it was at 45 until I put my 2inch lift on... it's a jeep thing I guess... I have heard of other people having shimmy's around the same speeds.
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Since it didn't happen until you rotated the tires, I have to believe it is tire related.... Get them rebalanced and see if that helps. Check the torque on the lugs as well...
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The first time I had my tires rotated, I had this same problem. try loosening the lug nuts a few turns, then re-tighten them, being sure to go 'round the wheel doing every-other-one. It fixed the crazy wobble I had, was free, and only took a few minutes.
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Could it be possible that the tires had not been rotated in so long that the uneven wear could be causing this? Have you measured inside vs outside tread depth?
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I have the same problem with mine. Between 50-55 mph there's a serious shake. It's been years since the tires were rotated and balanced so the wear is very very uneven. Rotating them didn't help at all and now I'm shopping for new tires. The shake is bad enough that my husband is starting to think it's more than the tires but we're starting there.
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Tires are basically brand new ~ 3,300 miles or so. First rotation. They are going to check the balance on them Friday. This isn't as horrid as DW, but it' substantial between 53-55 mph. Anyone think it has anything to do with jeeps being towed a bunch at slower speeds??

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