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  • karjunkie 01/26/09 3:11 pm PST

    Shaking is due to wheel balance not front end alignment. If the car pulls to the left or right when you release the steering wheel on a straight and flat road that is an indication that the alignment out of whack. Have the wheels balanced on a high speed machine and see if the problem goes away. If not it could be a tie rod or other steering/suspension part.

  • samiam_68 01/26/09 3:23 pm PST

    I would try the following:

    Loosen the lug nuts, then re-tighten them to specification using a click-type torque wrench. Sometimes, over-tightened lug nuts will cause the wheel to vibrate.

    If that doesn't help, have the tire/wheel re-balanced.

  • gar_fanatic 02/20/09 9:28 am PST

    It could be a tie rod end, but it could also be a wheel bearing, a CV axle, a wheel is out of balance, a rim is bent or the belts in the tire are starting to come apart. If you want to figure it out yourself, swap out the tire with the spare and see if it goes away. If it does, then it's something in the tire, whether it's the balance, the rim or the tire itself is bad. Then you can just take your already removed tire to a shop and have it balanced/looked at and they can tell you what is wrong. If the vibration doesn't go away after swapping for the spare, then take the car in and have it looked at.

    Source: work in an auto repair shop.


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