03-24-2012, 06:56 PM
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Boston / '90 Mariner Blue
Total Cats: 14
Front end shudder
It's speed-related shudder.
This began after my unfortunate getting buried in the gravel trap (on the street).
Jacking up the front end, I had discovered that when rocking the wheels top to bottom, they were solid, but, when twisted side to side, they exhibited a very good amount of play. I've been having some steering rack issues, so, I found a recycler rack (with lifetime warranty), and, installed it.
The inner tie rod boots are immaculate (rack is off '97), and the tie rod ends are from '93 LE.
Having buttoned everything up, I took it for a ride, and, the shudder, while diminished, is still there.
The tie rod end boots look fine, and, while the ball joint boot (passenger side, upper A-arm) is partially torn, there's no play top to bottom.
When the front end is jacked up, and, steering wheel is locked, there's side-to-side play.
I wonder what else I should look at. I mean, besides buying a bicycle.
Is it the front hubs?
I'm dearly hoping that it's not the steering rack, as, it was a horrid pain in the *** to remove and replace.