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I agree with the other guys on here, it could be a bent rim as mine does the same thing. I found that a high speed balancing might work in your favor if the rim is not bent. Butler Tire (here in GA) offers this service if you got aftermarket rims.

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in order of occurrence.......three different sets of tire/rim combos, tie rod ends, lower control arms, clutch replaced, posi rebuilt, u-joints verified good...always the same symptom....multiple alignments and will be struts/mounts and shocks (over 100K on 'em)...stay tuned.

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Originally Posted by amustangrocks View Post
. . . sometimes the metal clips on the wheel studs that hold the rotor on can cause the wheel to not seat flat and cause a wobble, would show up more at higher speeds maybe. i always cut those off and leave them off
I hope this was addressed a long time ago; if not this could be the cause and the rest could be a huge wild goose chase

Those clips (washers) definitely will cause this issue on aftermarket wheels that do not have the recess on the back for the clips to clear

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How's the harmonic balancer look? If it's wearing down, your engine could shake at higher speeds. Just a though.
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I just realized this thing was necroed. But for myself it was a combo of severe rotor warp and my front end bushings needed replacing.
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Originally Posted by Ghostrider1959 View Post
Okay we bought the car used and it came with a set of Wilson wire wheels and we purchased new Goodyear tires , had the wheels and tires balance ..Well the car still had that vibrace in other wards the steering wheel moves like it has an inch of play in it back an forth but the steering is straight and car steering is tight. We had ford dealer check car out and they found nothing. Now with only 5000 miles on that set of tires we bought a new set of wheels from tire rack and had another new set of tires mounted and balanced, we took the car in after 2000 miles and did it again and the car still does this. Mechanics have put up the life and checked wheel bearings, adjustments, steering columns. rocknpinion pulled tires and on fiscally looked.:?:


I feel your pain here, there's nothing worse than a vibration on the highway, especially in the steering wheel. Certainly u-joints won't rock that steering wheel back and forth. You didn't mention if this was at highway speeds or just tooling around town. A quick question, does the steering wheel vibrate while braking as well? Also on the wheels, are you using hub-centric rings to make sure the wheels are centered on the hubs? Not needed on all wheels but depending on the wheels you buy they may need them to avoid vibration.

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The most common cause for steering wheel shake on these cars, is aftermarket wheels used without removing the rotor retainer clips / washers. The aftermarket wheels don't have the recess on the back for those washer/clip things to sit in, so the wheel sits up on top of them and it doesn't mount straight and then you get the wobble/vibration. No amount of balancing will ever fix it, and most shops will gladly reballance your wheels over and over and won't notice the clips.

The good news is they are a very easy fix -- just take the wheels off, and remove those washer/clip things. If the vibration is gone, that was the problem.

So always make sure those clips are removed, before chasing any other wild geese.

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I have the same problem around 70. On the highway. At higher speeds it clears up.
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