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#1 Old 07-23-2011, 01:11 AM
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Steering and Shaking

Hows it going guys. great forum, and love the wisdom you guys share

I have a 93 2wd 3.0 and this past couple weeks i've noticed some things.

While driving, if i let go of the steering wheel, it pulls to the right.

When driving, the steering wheel and the truck as a whole shake/vibrate. And its very pronounced from 40 to 60 mph.

I'm thinking ball joints or shocks. The suspensions due for an update anyway! Just got the truck about 6 months ago.

Thanks so much in advance!

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The shaking could be due to a bad rim or tire. Also, as you've suggested, you may need new shocks or suspension parts.

The pulling to the right could be caused by a tire or an alignment issue.
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The first place to look is the tires.

Generally a vibration (shake) will be created by an irregularity in a tire or rim. Seldom will a steering or suspension component cause a vibration. They will make an existing vibration much worse though.

Pulling can be caused by alignment issues caused by bad suspension parts, brake problems,
Or,,,, Bad tires.

With both a vibration and a pull it is very likely to be a tire issue.

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you might haive a flat spot on tire. if it is rotate the tire since the rear axle is solid it won't shake as much
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So just checked the tire, they're fine. Looks like im gonna have to replace the ball joints though.

Also I've noticed that the passenger side is leaning lower than the drivers side. Looks like I gotta replace the shocks. But would that be the major cause of my steering/vibration issue?

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...I've noticed that the passenger side is leaning lower than the drivers side. Looks like I gotta replace the shocks. But would that be the major cause of my steering/vibration issue?
More likely you need to adjust the torsion bar on one side to level out the front end.

Did you have the tires rebalanced or have them rotated front to back?

Have you had anyone drive along side of you to see if they can observe any problems?
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When my truck had a wicked shimmy at about 45-60 it turned out to be worn bushings in the idler arm. Those can be replaced, cheaply. Check the 'massive truck info' sticky for links on how-to threads.

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