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Old 04-30-2003, 05:28 PM
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What's causing the shimmy?

My 85 300SD has a little shimmy, kind of a waddle which is percepible at very low under 8 MPH speed. When I pick up speed, it's is not detecable. Is it the tires? How do I go about checking this out without taking it to my indy?

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Old 04-30-2003, 06:00 PM
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edge,


Probably one of the belts has slipped in one of your tires. If you jack up one wheel at a time and spin the wheel you should be able to see an area on the tire that is raised.

You can leave it go but eventually the tire will get worse and start to vibrate at higher speeds. I had a Michelin that did the same thing not long ago.

The only fix is to replace the tire. Some tire companies will give you an adjustment so give it a try. I would suggest you go to a tire dealer that sells the brand of your defecive tire and get a price on a new tire. Then get out the defective one and see exactly how much adjustment you are getting. If they will not adjust the tire, tell them to pound sand and buy another brand with a better warranty somewhere else.

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Old 04-30-2003, 06:03 PM
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Low speed wobbles like that are either tires or a real bad wheel bearing.
Just raise the car and spin the wheels by hand. You should be able to see if the tire has an out of round area. Or push/pull on the top of the tire to check for a bad/ loose bearing.
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Old 06-01-2003, 12:00 AM
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Thanks guys. The tires were bald anyways and my new Firestone Affinity LS30 205/70-14 solved the shimy . Now it rides great.

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