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Old 10-13-2006, 09:35 PM
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I have a 2001 Chrysler Town & Country LX (basically a glorified Dodge Caravan) and I have an issue with the steering, alignment, or suspension.[&:]

When I'm driving, there is a wobble (not a shimmy) in the steering wheel starting at about 20-25 MPH. The wobble rotates the wheel slightly side to side about 1/2", and as you accelerate the wobble frequency increases but rotational displacement side to side decreases. All this happens until about 50-55 MPH where it's not noticeable at all!

About 60K on the vehicle, and new tires and brakes this spring.

Any help would be super!!!!
 
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Old 10-16-2006, 01:15 AM
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The first and easiest thing to check is to rotate the tires to make sure it's not just an unbalanced tire/wheel. Wheel weights fall off all the time.
 
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Old 10-16-2006, 01:18 AM
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Tie rods and ball joints should be checked too.
 
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Old 10-16-2006, 02:17 PM
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Thanks guys!

After doing some research I was leaning towards the tierod ends or ball joints. I don't think it is an unbalanced tire, because those I've had in the past shook at higher speeds and always increased with acceleration...This goes away with acceleration.

I let you know what it is.
 
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Old 10-20-2006, 11:43 PM
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Default RE: Wobble in Steering Wheel

could also check for a bent rim.
 
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Old 10-21-2006, 08:40 PM
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Default RE: Wobble in Steering Wheel

I would say a bent rim also. But i have seen many times the belts inside the tires shift and cause an out-of-round condition. They may look ok when the weight is off of the vehicle, but when there is a load on it the shifted tread or belt causes the steering wheel to follow the tire.
 
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Old 12-27-2006, 03:14 PM
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Handypilot,did you ever find out what was causing the wobble? The symptoms u described is exactly like what I have on my 96 GC 138k miles. I ruled out the tires, rims amd tie rods. I changed the passenger side cv halfshaft but the prob did not go away. Someone said it is most likely the engine mount (right side, about $30). I have not tried replacing that yet. If you figured yours out, I'd appreciate any info. thanks.
 
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Old 12-28-2006, 03:00 AM
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I just fixed one today that had a bad inner CV joint, causes a wierd side to side wobble. Replaced the whole axle assembly, could be either side.
 
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Old 12-28-2006, 09:14 AM
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Brandon, what vehicle was this and which side did you replace? What were the symptoms?
 
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Old 01-10-2007, 02:02 PM
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I had an intrepid that would loose the rubber bushing out of the tie rods. It caused the same thing.
 
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