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#1 (permalink) Old 03-22-2007, 06:09 AM
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5251 front end shaking

I own a 1989 5251 with high profile 18" rims and when I get up to about 60mph the car starts to shake from what seams to be the frunt end, i put on my stock wheels and the shaking is still there but not as bad. Does anyone know what might be wrong with my car, its really frustrating.
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Have you had the tires balanced on a Hunter road force machine? You may have some concentricity issues if the rims are cast and not forged. Check tie rods and suspension components, but you are probably dealing with a simple out of balance tire....both sets may be out
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Lower ball joints are a real typical problem in these cars.



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Transmission mounts or drivetrain guibo (rubber plate in the drive shaft)
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thrust arm bushings as da_cow suggested. (typically gives shakes in the 55-60mph range and under medium braking).
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How do you check your ball joints for play or thethrust arm bushings?
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Could just be a piss poor alignment. Especially since you changed the rims. Make sure they are mounted correctly and balanced. Check out the cars alignment. A steering shake right around 50 is usually an indication of tie rod ends or upper control arms.
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