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Shaking front end (archive)

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Posted by Dwight on April 25, 2000 at 23:12:52:

Sometimes I think the weird stuff only happens to me but after reading some of the other problems on this board, I know I am not alone.
Let me tell you about my shaking front end and what I found was the problem. The car was sitting for a couple of years and when I went to put it back on the road I found that at about 40 mph the car would start to shake, felt like the front end. I had my wife drive the car while I followed an saw that the right rear tire was boucing up and down. I had the tires balanced and checked for bent rims and checked alignment-all was good. Jacked front end up and checked for looseness in front end suspension-no discrepancies noted. Pulled brakes, checked front wheel bearings, repacked, tightened-still nothing noticed. Looked at brakes and noticed right front side was wearing more than the left. Pads still OK, put back together and still had problem (I had put new pads on the car before and bled it by pumping the pedal and noticed that the flow of the fluid was very slow, but didn't know why). Kicked car, dog, wife, etc. (she kicks back!). Driveshaft rebuilt 2 years ago. Brakes were pulling to one side so I decided to put on new brakes. Since it's and old car and I was going to keep it, I decided to redo it all. New master cyl, rebuilt calipers, rotors and drums were bad so replaced with new, new hoses, emergency brake cables, rear wheel cyl's and shoes. Put all back together, bled brakes with Auto Experts pressure bleeder (works great!)and viola' NO MORE SHAKING. Even get better milage and doesn't pull when brakes applied. I reasoned that the right side hoses were collapsed inside and not releasing the pressure (also reducing flow) thereby putting drag on right front wheel and inducing the shaking on the drive tire. FYI

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