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Hey everyone,

My truck drives very smoothly all the way up until 60mph and then it will wobble/shake a bit until I hit 70mph. There is a little play in my steering wheel as well even when I am just sitting still. Someone said it couldn't be ball joints, another said I'm in need of a new steering dampener, yada yada. I want to see what y'all come up with since there are so many experts here.

Also, when I say shake/wobble I don't mean anything major; just an extra bumpy road it feels like to passengers but I can tell that it is the car itself creating the movement.
 

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"death wobble" covered numerous times. on a side note... NO a steering damper will not SOLVE this issue. It will only mask it. Read the existing posts and very carefully inspect your suspension components as noted.
 

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wheel shimming is caused by wheel balance from uneven tyre wear . the tyre wear can be caused by poor steering components or not having wheels balanced properly to start with. have tyres balanced (dynamic balancing) put front to back as the rear tyres wear flat if correctly inflated of cause , have steering checked for loose components . if this doesn't fix the problem you need new tyres.
 

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i had this issue. the steering was side to side a lot and i wobbled front driver side from 50-60 mph. i replaced my wheels and tires. drives perfect now. not saying this will fix your issue. but unbalanced tires and a bad wheel were my issues. the wheels that were on my rover were damaged on a previous car though and came off of a camaro. if your wheels and tires have been on your vehicle this whole time, something is causing them to wear like that.
 

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they were actually rims off of a 1015 camaro ss expensive as hell and very nice 20" but the front driver had hit a curb and bent the wheel.
 

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well i did not have to pay for em they came on the car but i sold them for a lot of money so my new wheels cost nothing
 

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Have the same issue, which seems to be different from the main "death wobble" thread. I think death wobble refers to a lack of control when hitting a bump. If your symptoms are like mine, it's more of a bumpy/shaking sensation that surfaces around 60mph and disappears around 70mph. The sensation can be felt mainly in the seats and somewhat through the steering wheel.

I spent in excess of $6k replacing all the suspension parts including ball joints, steering dampener, shocks, tie rods, pan rods (I think they're called), steering gearbox, and U joints. While the ride quality has improved dramatically, there is no change in the 60-70mph shake. Needless to say, I'm annoyed with the mechanic that did the work as he
assured me that the vehicle would be fixed. I also tried two sets of rims, two sets of tires. No change.

One specialist blamed the third member (the rear pinion bearing), another blamed the vehicle's age and tolerances.

I've given up and truly don't care anymore. However, if I were going to dig deeper I'd start swapping out the third member (rear pinion bearing) and, if that doesn't work, move on to exploring the differentials.

Good luck!
 

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Going back to old school, if you had a wobble you could outrun, it was always wheel balancing.
A cheap option to try first, as said before, if you have after market or later rims check for centre spigot to align the wheel.
 

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I had wobble at 60mph when I first bought mine. My tires were old Scorpions and very old. I bought new tires(cooper ht) and had them balanced with a road force balancer(firestone) and the wobble went away. Nothing to do with damper but damper does help when going over bumps at any speeds.
Good luck
One other thing is to tighten to 100 ft pounds with a torque wrench so it is all the same. I always do that now.
 

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Thanks for the help everyone. I just ordered a new set of tires, they'll be here Monday! First I'm replacing the tires(which are pretty worn), getting them balanced and upgrading my steering damper(I know this is just a "mask", but hey I like temporary fixes so I can focus on other issues with this car). I'll post in the thread if the new tires, balance, and damper doesn't fix my problem!
 
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