Jump to content


Possible causes of front and Shimmy at like 70

  • Please log in to reply
3 replies to this topic

#1 Grannie



  • Members
  • 33 posts
  • Vehicle owned:
    96 Ford Contour

Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:57 AM




                Well,   sorry for the typo in the title..... and   TITLES  can not be edited....


   TITLE :   Possible causes for FRONT END Shimmy......




    Pretty much rides rather smooth.....    then at  around   seventy


She shakes.      not sure what side is shaking... want to say passenger side.


96 ford contour   maybe has about  120k on it....


Thanks, Grannie

Edited by Grannie, 11 July 2018 - 09:01 AM.

#2 Grannie



  • Members
  • 33 posts
  • Vehicle owned:
    96 Ford Contour

Posted 11 July 2018 - 12:47 PM

Hey !!!!!



    Thanks for looking.....


So hard to answer a question like the one that was posed here...



      I did manage to jack up the car..   and nothing really seems loose...


this car has little rust on it.....   and sorta low mileage stilll


I tried to wiggle the axles in the hub assembly..... they are tight



One thing that I noticed is that the    strut towers (mounts)


   moved a little when lowering the vehicle to the ground.


So I took extra notice on that........ but,,,,, they tooo seem tight



I  then decided to move the passenger side wheel to the back of the car....

and bring the rear wheel forward....


Se;eems   like the shimmy is absent........


THe tires    are cheap   made in china  tires....   and   are sorta at the end of their life.....

   I am going to go and get new tires.............


keep ypu posted




#3 Comano



  • Members
  • 182 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Mexico City
  • Vehicle owned:
    1995 Mystique LS

Posted 11 July 2018 - 12:57 PM

Does this shaking happens in a range of speed?? I mean, it starts at 70 but, if you keep accelerating, does it stops at certain velocity?


Change the weels to a different place and check if the shaking moved of side, if so, the problem is the tire.

Edited by Comano, 11 July 2018 - 12:58 PM.

#4 BuckeyeSVT


    Has been admin!

  • Admin
  • 6,227 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Canal Fulton, OH
  • Interests:Contours of course..lol Engines, electronics, speed and anything else interesting enough to keep my attention.
  • Vehicle owned:
    2014 Ford Flex EcoBoost
  • Garage Vehicles:
  • Ford Contour SVT (1999)

Posted Yesterday, 07:30 PM

Sounds like a wheel balance issue to me based on speed.