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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 17, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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What would be the cause of a bad front wheel shake after hitting a bump? !969 Z28 with stock front suspension.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 17, 04:39 PM
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Worn out ball joints. Worn out tie rod ends. Go to a suspension shop and have the entire front suspension looked at. NOW
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Re: bad front wheel shake

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What would be the cause of a bad front wheel shake after hitting a bump? !969 Z28 with stock front suspension.
You could also have bent the wheel, or knocked a wheel weight off.


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Re: bad front wheel shake

Wheel weights and bent wheel cause problems not related to hitting a bump. Do what onefiness says, get the suspension checked for bad tie rod ends, ball joints, worn out idler arm, worn out control arm bushings, etc.
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Re: bad front wheel shake

Could be wheel bearings as well if they're bad enough.

But probably a bad ball joint or something with the steering components. Jack it up and move the wheel by hand and see if you notice anything immediate before driving it to a shop. Might be bad enough to be dangerous to drive. If not then still go to a shop unless you can diagnose it yourself.

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Wheel weights and bent wheel cause problems not related to hitting a bump. Do what onefiness says, get the suspension checked for bad tie rod ends, ball joints, worn out idler arm, worn out control arm bushings, etc.
I'm not discounting Chet's advice, just adding more suggestions.

Can you elaborate on what you meant by "Wheel weights and bent wheel cause problems not related to hitting a bump." please?


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Re: bad front wheel shake

Missing wheel weights and/or bent wheels tend to manifest their problems at certain vehicle speeds. You will usually get a steady shaking over a speed range rather than by hitting a bump. You do not need a bump to feel their presence.
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Re: bad front wheel shake

You didn't state how big the bump was. That will F up more than just a rim.

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Could be a broken belt in your tire.
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Could be any one of those things. Point is, it needs to be inspected by a pro.
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Re: bad front wheel shake

When checking all else fails to identify an obvious cause, check caster,camber & toe as they definitely can have an effect on bump-steer if too far out of alignment.

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Re: bad front wheel shake

X2 on "bump steer", also have the static / dynamic balance, and runout checked on the front tires.
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Re: bad front wheel shake

Sorry, I read the OP's question as though he developed a wheel shake after hitting a big bump (ie pothole), rather than he gets a wheel shake whenever he hits a bump. It would be good to know what the exact symptoms are, and yes, get it checked out.


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