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omg. front end is shaking. what gives

yesterday, i put in some new brake pads on the front of the truck. well a week before that had the wheels re-balanced. all was fine. then when i put the wheels back on yesterday after i was done it was all fine. didnt shake when i drove or anything. then the next morning when i drove somewhere, i started getting a shake in the steering wheel and the whole truck shakes as well. its not terrible, but just enough to drive you crazy. i double checked the lug nuts, and they appear to be tight. idk what it is. maybe the new wheels im getting next week will fix it. coulda lost a weight or two i guess, but i dont see how.
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might want to pull the lugs and make sure the wheel is sitting flat against the rotor. If its off a little it could cause the shake, but other then that i'm not sure what it could be.
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you could have some early wear on the front end from the oversized wheels and tires...
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i doubt that it would pop up like that overnight.

but just went out, took the wheels off, made sure the brakes werent causing hte problem, put the wheels back on, torqued them as much as i could before setting it on the ground, then torqued them again. doesnt shake anymore then it did before now. (thanks to the steel wheels) lol

glad i took care of that. should be much better though next week when i get my aluminum wheels
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but i think my problem could have been i didnt torque them much the other day when it was off the ground, only after i set it down, which might have something to do with the wheel not seating properly on the rotor.
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That sounds right, Are you using a torque wrench to tighten them down? If you are, it might give a false reading when the tire is on the ground.
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yeah i used one the other day when i did the brakes. but today i just used a good ole tire iron
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probaly brake shake from not turning the rotors
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probaly brake shake from not turning the rotors
Uhhh, then how come it went away?

And Ty, remember to re-torque your lug nuts again. My buddies 2 rear wheels nearly fell off because he didn't listen to me lol. That will learn him.
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I'm going outside as we speak to take my wheels off. My truck shakes a little to ever since I took the wheels off over the weekend to polish my wheels.

I was just about to make a thread on this same thing. lol
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okay, front end still shakes. but only above 60 mph.

could it have anything to do with me doing my brakes? but it shakes regardless of whether i use the brakes or not..

even with the new wheels, which are perfectly straight, and balanced correctly.
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Might just be those MTR's. I don't think so, but it is an option. Are there any obvious sign of bulging, or tread chunks. You could have damaged a belt inside or something like that.

Where did you get them balanced? Try taking it to a separate place.

One more thing, try removing the tires and cleaning up the mounting surface with a scotch brite pad. Some crap might have gotten caught in there.
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The tires are fine. It started shaking after I did my front pads. And they were just mounted on these wheels two days ago. Cleaned them up before I took em to get the tires mounted. It has to be something linked to my brakes. But idk what.
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The tires are fine. It started shaking after I did my front pads. And they were just mounted on these wheels two days ago. Cleaned them up before I took em to get the tires mounted. It has to be something linked to my brakes. But idk what.
warped discs?
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warped rotors X2
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even when i dont apply the brakes? and it didnt do it with the old pads...
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my truck did that the last time i rotated my tires. the idiots that balanced my tires double stacked the stick on wheel weights on the inside of the wheel. just so happened that they worked fine on the back but when that wheel with the double stacked weights was on the front, the weights got torn off by the caliper. took it back to the place i had them balanced at and *****ed em out.
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The run-out of the warped rotors probably had clearance when your pads were worn down, since they had been worn out of the path. I would guess with new pads the warped run-out of the disc doesn't clear and bumps the pad face when turning. Just a guess.
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ok i think i need to get the rotors turned.
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any time you replace the pads you should turn the rotors they get warped from the heat and did you check and make sure that your front end is tight
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My front end shakes as well. But for me it's due to blown shocks. Your truck is an 07 so youshouldn't have to worry about that. But it may be something to think about?
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