<VV> Front end shimmy

Jay Maechtlen jaysplace at laserpubs.com
Mon Aug 31 23:28:20 EDT 2015

On 8/31/2015 8:37 AM, Dusty Steinberg via VirtualVairs wrote:
> Ball joints rarely cause shimmy problems, but bad tie rods will, also if there is a bad wheel bearing, it could, but I doubt it.  I suggest that you jack the car up under both lower control arms, and wiggle the wheels at 3 & 9 O'clock, and look for any looseness in the tie rods and a loose wheel bearing.  Then, using something like a long pipe, lift on the wheel at 6 o'clock, and check for any movement, looking for bad ball joints.  One way to check for a bad bearing, is to spin the wheel, and listen for noise.  Not always will they make noise.  The best way is to take them out and clean and inspect them, and putting in a new seal, grease them and put back together.  If you are not familiar with how to do these tests, then ask a fellow club member that is.  Lacking that, then leave it to the professional mechanic.
> Paul in CT

Well, the front of mine wanted to shimmy around 35-45 mph.
It does it a lot less, if at all, since I swapped some lower control 
arms into it that were much less bad.
Bushings ok, if old - strictly ball joints.

Jay Maechtlen
'61 2-dr modified w/fiberglass skin,
transverse 3.8 Buick V6 TH440T4 trans

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