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Old 04-26-2003, 06:19 PM
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tire wobble and tie rods?

My '94 wagon is going into the shop tomorrow for wiring harness (192,000 miles), rear control arm bushings and tie-rods in the front. The questions are : since I put my summer tires back on the car wobbles at about 35 - 40 mph. Could the sloppy tie rods cause this or should I question the tire balancing or both? I feel pot holes when I hit them in the suspension and in the steering wheel - does that sound like a tie rod issue?
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Old 04-26-2003, 08:12 PM
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Yes definitely .... but it could also simply be a worn-out steering damper (shock). Disconnect on end, a 17mm nut I believe, and if it moves in and out easily, it is shot.

Remarkably these make a big difference.

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Old 04-26-2003, 09:55 PM
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have'em change the center link (drag link) while there in there too! good luck

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Old 04-27-2003, 12:25 AM
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Yes and yes.

Worn out tie rod bushings, along with tires that are out of balance, will cause a tire wobble.
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Old 04-28-2003, 06:53 AM
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What you should remember is that parts that do not rotate will not CAUSE a vibration, they will, if worn, only serve to transmit the vibration more violently.

The SOURCE of the vibration is most likely a bad or imbalanced tire or tires, or something else that rotates.

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