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steelpenguin
07-20-2004, 12:31 PM
Hey guys, do you think a wheel alignment would get rid of a shimmy in the steering wheel? I have new tires and just had them balanced...but still shimmys.

eric99gt
07-20-2004, 12:33 PM
alignment will do nothing for a shimmy. you need an alignment if your car drifts to one side or another.

2003GAGT
07-20-2004, 12:36 PM
Misalignment CAN cause a shimmy at certain speeds. That and loose front end parts.

Even if everybody disagrees with me on this go get an alignment anyway.

It is highly recommended that you get an alignment every six months, and when you said you just got new tires, thats more of a reason to go get it done.

asepgrad98
07-20-2004, 01:12 PM
if the shimmy started right after you got new tires then i would make them fix it or give you your money back or different non shaky tires.

steelpenguin
07-21-2004, 05:11 AM
It did it before the tires. When I got new tires it got better, but still there. Funny thing, last night I took the tires off and I noticed some play in the big metal thing that covers the brake pads. Not much but a little on both front wheels. The rear didn't have any. Is this normal?

2003GAGT
07-21-2004, 06:18 AM
As long as you have the front end off of the ground, with the wheels still on and tight, shake the front end down to check for looseness. If you do feel loosness, you are going to need someone else to look at the tie rod ends and ball joints to see what is moving. You are going to want to shake each of the wheels in the front side to side.

steelpenguin
07-21-2004, 07:15 AM
They are tight when on, but when I take them off I have play in the big metal thing that houses the brake pads.

2003GAGT
07-21-2004, 07:42 AM
Well, when you take the wheel off, that takes the pressure off of the rotor and that's probably where your caliper play is coming from. No problem there.

Go get an alignment.

steelpenguin
07-21-2004, 08:16 AM
Ok, thanks for the insight, everyone.