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I have a strange wobble that is seemingly getting worse, and I can't recreate it at will to try and diagnose It. feels/looks like someone shaking the wheel back and forth an 1/8th turn.  The car drives straight while it's happening, but it also feels like the entire front of the car is rocking back and forth slightly.   

 

I thought it was the (zx front and rear disks) brakes at first, but after inspection the rotors aren't grooved at all and the pad surfaces are in tact and look okay with 80% life left on them. Have T3 gtx2 front hardware, stock steering link and tie rods, with coilovers on ZX struts, and a steering box brace.  

 

I'm just looking for some ideas on where I can start checking for loose stuff beyond the typical yanking on the linkage. 

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Could be a number of things- when does it shake? Under braking? Under coasting?

 

Under braking indicates pad material on the rotors or “warped” rotors.

 

While coasting or under acceleration indicates something in the linkage- like worn tie rods.

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Rotor might have high spots which won't be visible as 'groves'. Raise each wheel and spin by hand looking for any tight spots.

 

Lift each front wheel and spin while looking at the tire tread for a bulge or high spot.

 

Idler arm bushings worn???

 

Wheel bearings properly pre loaded? Can you wobble the tire and wheel when off the ground?

 

Tension rod bushings worn or damaged.

 

 

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1 hour ago, demo243 said:

Could be a number of things- when does it shake? Under braking? Under coasting?

 

Under braking indicates pad material on the rotors or “warped” rotors.

 

While coasting or under acceleration indicates something in the linkage- like worn tie rods.

Coasting mainly.  Braking or accelerating doesnt seem to change the condition.   These tie rods are relatively new but I do have the T3 tie rods waiting to go in, this might be the time. 

1 hour ago, demo243 said:

Check the steering arm to strut bolts - especially if you are running bump steer spacers, if those come loose you will get play that could cause that wobble.

Copy that thank you!

12 minutes ago, datzenmike said:

Rotor might have high spots which won't be visible as 'groves'. Raise each wheel and spin by hand looking for any tight spots.

 

Lift each front wheel and spin while looking at the tire tread for a bulge or high spot.

 

Idler arm bushings worn???

 

Wheel bearings properly pre loaded? Can you wobble the tire and wheel when off the ground?

 

Tension rod bushings worn or damaged.

 

 

Idler arm bushing is new, tc rods are heim joints, federal fd2 tires have less than 5k on them.  I will check the other things. Thank you!

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New is no guarantee they are good. Lift an spin tires looking at tread for humps or wobble. I had a rear tire develop a lomp the size of my palm and this explained a side to side slow shimmy as you roll to a stop. Rim may also be bent. Tug on all the steering components looking for looseness.

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