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1993 Mercury Villager Question: FR wheel shakes bad during coasting, then goes away during acceleration. Bjoint?

 

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JoeyDVigil, Colorado Springs, CO, November 19, 2012, 18:24
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I took the wheel off and nothing seemed lose. It comes and goes while i drive. Its fine when I drive at slower speeds. Then it shakes bad at 50mph. Shakes the steering wheel. I was going to change out the ball joints and tie-rods because its easy and all bolt on parts. How will i tell if its an axel or ? Ps. last winter i went in the ditch with this van so there could be some wear from that. I have put 6000 highway miles on it in the last 4 months, driving back and forth from Denver to Spokane, WA. I want to drive back up to WA again for Thankgiving but I need to fix this first.

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    pushrod November 19, 2012, 22:10
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    Have a repair shop take a look. Hard to tell from here.

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    your.mechanic November 20, 2012, 00:00
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    possibly suspension is loose

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    globalhelper November 20, 2012, 06:10
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    get an insp by your mech it could be several frt suspension parts or worse

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    ziptie12 November 20, 2012, 08:09
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    Check for bent rim, damaged/out of balance wheel and worn strut. At the speed it vibrates worst at, keep foot into throttle to maintain speed , and lightly press on brake pedal- if that calms the vibration then the strut is likely worn out. Could also be inboard axle joint. BOTH issues can be VERIFIED before replacing parts.

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