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Old 07-15-2010
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Scary shimmy in steering wheel when turning...

Hey guys I have noticed a couple of times in my truck that when I turn the steering wheel there is a shimmy and the steering wheel will shutter like crazy! I was on the freeway a couple of times taking a ramp that curved to the right and there is a small bump in the road that I have hit a couple times and when I would hit it just right the steering wheel would shutter back and forth like crazy! It was scary to say the least. What in the world could cause this?
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Possibly low power steering fluid. Or even a CV joint. That's all I've got for you.
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The F350 and 250 at work do the same thing
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Im guessing ball joint or tie rod end. Jack up the front end and see if you can wiggle the tires at all. If it wiggles side to side its a tie rod. if its top and bottom its a ball joint.
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Ball joint or Tie rod end...does it make you swerve?
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Ball joint or Tie rod end.
joints are worn causing a violent shaking... this is commonly referred to as "death wobble" or "the suicide shake"....
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Deng. Guess I'll be replacing balljoints soon it sounds. Doesn't really make me swerve just vibrates like hell for a second or two
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any chance you had ur truck off and turned ur steering wheel back and forth a few times?

i did that during my drop kit on the mazda...got air in the powersteering...caused suttering like crazy.
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Check the Joints before you just go replacing them.
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any chance you had ur truck off and turned ur steering wheel back and forth a few times?

i did that during my drop kit on the mazda...got air in the powersteering...caused suttering like crazy.
Yes lol. I was coasting down my street one time and turned the wheel with the key on but truck not running. The next day I drove it is when I noticed.
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i would also geuss tie rod ends or ball joints. my 93 ranger did that bad on the highway when the tie rods were bad.
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Yes lol. I was coasting down my street one time and turned the wheel with the key on but truck not running. The next day I drove it is when I noticed.
thats it. i did it when i had mine jacked up to do tie rods. you need to bleed out your power steering and replace the fluid.
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also check you wheel bearings

you will need some assistance as you need some behind the wheel to see what part is showing play
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Yes lol. I was coasting down my street one time and turned the wheel with the key on but truck not running. The next day I drove it is when I noticed.
thats exactly it then...or so i think.

what i did was drive it around town where i knew there was alot of couldesacks....and just turned alot....bled the air out of it and no problems since.
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