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Old 03-29-2013, 09:39 AM   #1
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2010 SES Squeak and Shimmy

My car makes this terrible noise every time I hit 50+ miles per hour as well as shimming bad, to the extent that the images in the mirrors become distorted, I just turned over 50,000miles in it.

The sound: Itís a squeak that is stressed whenever I hit a bump. I have narrowed it down to the rear driver side tire. I was thinking it was a blown strut, I did the Ďbounceí test and my car springs up steadily on both sides front and back. I got under the car and looked around and didnít see anything that looked to out of whack. Then I looked and tried to move any nuts or Ďmoveableí items everything was tight. All bushings and rubber was intact and none of them looked to be corroded.

So before I take it to the mechanic anyone have any insight on what Iím missing. Secondly I donít know if this is connected but when ever I get above 50 miles per hour the car seems to shimmy violently, like mentioned earlier the mirrors shake badly and the interior pieces rattle, my change will actually jump in the cup holder. I donít know if these two are related or if my car is starting to die.



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Old 03-29-2013, 12:06 PM   #2
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sway bar bushing bracket is attached? I forgot to tighten mine once after I did drop springs. squeaked and made a weird noise and could also cause vibration
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The shimmying is probably a tire out of balance or a tire with a bad belt.
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Moved to "Wheels, Tires, Brakes & Suspension" as it seems you might get better answers there.
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have you checked to see if your tires have any abnormal wear on them? could be that and a separated tire... drove a Mustang w/ both... it was HORRIBLE!
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The tires all look normal, I have two snow tires in the front and street tires in the back. Ran this set up last year no problem, gonna order my new street tires soon, having them look at it and see what they say.
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My car would do the harlem shake and nobody knew why. Multiple alignments and balances but no improvement. The shake was so bad in the car it looked like i was drinking and driving. I wasnt to confident in winter driving because the car would start to skate around. When i put on the frpp suspensikn i found out there was no bushing in the control arm where it mounts to the nuckle. There was no way of telling as you couldnt wiggle the wheel but with the forces on a wheel as you drive what little movement there was.... unfortunately you cannot replace the bushing and have to replace the whole arm. You may be able to undo the bolt at the arm and using a jack ease the arm down. It will be under pressure from the spring. Then stick the bolt back in the bushing and try to wiggle around. There shouldnt be any movt.
Now when i undid my bolt it seized in place and i had to sawzall it out which is not fun. Its a $10 bolt from ford. The arm $140 is attached to the center of the car with an eccentric bolt to adjust the camber and that also seized on me and had to be cut out. $15 also only available from ford. they are both hardened bolts and access was poor. You could only get a inch or so of blade on them so i used 10 or so metal blades which took several hours to do. It might have gone quicker on a hoist instead of the low clearance of jack stands
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My snow tires have bad belts (somehow ... after two winters) and that was causing the car to shake above 50 and pull very bad to the left. I thought the pulling and off center wheel were from alignment - apparently it was just caused by the bad alignment!
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