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Old 06-21-2012
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Massive Vibration in the wheels/steering wheel at 40-50mph

Alright gents, this forum has helped me on more then a few occasions with my Ranger. Before I get into the meat and potatoes of my problem I have searched the site and found a few topics that are somewhat describing my problem but they all seem a little bit different then mine. So I decided to start a new topic and hope someone can point me in the right direction. If for some reason I missed a thread that already addresses my problem i'd love it if you could point me in that direction.

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@25 seconds it kicks in

I took this today I was going about 40. I do have a small lift and 33in tires but these tires are newish, less then 5k and this has not been a problem ever before. The Ranger is not a 4x4. Another problem that it have which could be related I'm not sure is when you crank the wheel all the way over it makes a pretty nasty noise sometimes a pop or crack, ill get a video of that as well. Any Ideas? Again you all are great I have fixed $1000's of dollars worth of problems for pennies because of your help, i just fixed it myself instead of paying out the butt. I'm no mechanic but I understand how things work and generally as long as someone can show me or tell me I'll be able to do it no problem. Thanks!

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Looking at the video, seeing you're on a straight away and your wheel is off, plus the vibrations you are getting I would say start with an alignment, have the tie rod ends and ball joints looked at...I hope its just a simple thing like that for you. Also have them re-check the balancing on the tires.
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I have the shaking in my steering wheel from 60mph to 75mph because my driver's side rear brake drum is warped. So I replaced the brake drum, after test driving it I found out my backing plate is warped too. I haven't fixed the backing plate, because I don't want to buy a new brake drum again.

Other than it being the brake drums it could be your axle is bent. I'm just throwing out ideas. Hope you figure it out.
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Thanks gents I'll take a look at it. Yeah my alignment is pretty messed but it's been fine thus far. I'll start with that and report back in.
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1 or both outer rods are probably toast. happened on my old truck when i'd hit a tiny bump it would shake and i could only stop it by pulling over and going again
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Wheel balance and/or wheel bearings are where I'd start. I had the same thing on my old car and I ignored it, then wheni got a new set of wheels I also got all new bearings and after that it never rattled again. Even at 220kph
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First and foremost, please create a signature! Or at least supply us with truck info in your post. Year, engine, drivetrain, trans, lift, etc. It helps us help you!




Tire condition? Type and size of tires? I'd start first with tires....specifically balance. If they're ancient tires, the core could be falling apart from the inside out. Or could be as simple as out of balance tires.

Then work onto the other things such as outer and inner tie rods. Balljoints, bearings, overall alignment, and the slim chance of warped rotors creating wiggle w/o brakes being applied.
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Done. I'm going to start with the tires for sure they are pretty new but worth a shot.
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Well gents. A simple tire rotation was all I needed. Thanks for the help.
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Did you check and make sure the tires were balanced while you were at it?
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A Rotation was all it needed? Hmmm...
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