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Old 08-18-2012, 02:36 PM   #1
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wheel alignment needed?

a few nights ago I went into an area that I was not familiar at all with and went into safeway, thing is I went into the entrance too fast and didn't notice there was a tiny dip there. My bumper ended up hitting it hard and the next morning when I was driving home, I hit about 80 and the steering wheel as well as the entire front end started shaking. went back down to 75 and it felt fine. went back up to 80 and started shaking again. does anyone know what happened? a former track racer said i screwed up the alignment and possibly something else but i wanted to ask here just in case, before I bring it into a performance shop for a checkup (which I definitely will do).
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Old 08-18-2012, 02:45 PM   #2
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Re: wheel alignment needed?

Well it sounds to me like you should take her in. If it wasn't doing it before that happened, she needs a check up.
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Yeah I plan on bringing her in next week asap, the shop doesn't open on weekends so my best luck would be during the week
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:20 PM   #4
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When you f'd up your front end lol. Hopefully it will just be alignment.
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:24 PM   #5
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Re: wheel alignment needed?

yeah i hope so too. thank god i don't start school for another month or so, i'll have the time for it haha
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Check tie rod ends that might be the problem if it's shaking at 80mph.
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Re: wheel alignment needed?

what do u mean by tie rod ends? how much would it be to replace them?
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Tie Rods connect the tie rod to the wheel. They control your steering
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Old 08-19-2012, 12:35 PM   #9
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Re: wheel alignment needed?

actually i took the car out for a drive this morning and just for testing (there were no cars near me), i went on the local expressway and managed to hit 85 and even when passing 80 the steering wheel was no longer shaking, it was stable just like how it normally is so idk what happened that morning. do the tie rods adjust back themselves or...? because I am very confused now
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They may have stiffened up from sitting over night the real test is drive it and warm/loosen everything up and see if it still shakes...
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Old 08-19-2012, 01:27 PM   #11
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Re: wheel alignment needed?

when i went 85 the engine was very warm, it was at normal temperature
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