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Old 06-15-2014, 11:58 PM   #1
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Steering wheel shimmying while braking

I was traveling down a 6 per cent grade at 60 mph, which was straight and began to brake to slow down, as I applied more brake pedal pressure the steering wheel began shimming up & down, almost "violently" and it seemed to be coming from the left front wheel.
I tried to duplicate the shimming (slower speed) on slight down grades & level roads & did not experience it. Speed, negative grade and weight of the trailer pushing the truck areinvolved, I can remove the speed from the equation, thought I have traveled this road with the same scenario and did not experience this. I am taking the truck in to have the brakes gone over throughly. Thoughts on TV brake problems that might cause this? My TV & trailer combo is well with in the TVs towing capacity, the trailer's electric brakes work fine.

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Old 06-16-2014, 05:51 AM   #2
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Either your tie rod ends are worn out, brake rotor is warped, steering gear box worn out. I'd think rotor first.

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Old 06-16-2014, 07:49 AM   #3
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Had the same problem. Going downhill at high speed and hard braking caused front end shimmying. I had both front brake rotors resurfaced and problem was eliminated. Could be a few other things as suggested, but the symptoms described do point directly towards brake rotors. Give it a shot.
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:39 AM   #4
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Thanks to all that answered

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Old 06-16-2014, 10:49 AM   #5
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Brakes and rotors sounds like good place to start. You may also want to consider checking the ball joints and tie rod ends while its up in the air.

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Old 06-17-2014, 01:22 AM   #7
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It was the brake rotor on the left wheel, replaced both today.

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If you get the vibration only when braking 99% chance it is the rotors.

If you get vibration while driving and not braking ball joints and tie rod ends and maybe a warn bushing could be the issue.
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Usually if the rotors are warped you will feel it any time you hit the brakes. I think you overheated the brakes on the grade, causing the problem, easy to do.
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Yea, brake rotors. The problem is there is a good chance the same problem will come back. Try and use stab braking when going down hill that will allow the rotors to cool off a bit. This is the same technique used by big trucks when going downhill. Stab braking involves slowing down using the brakes 3 - 5 miles/hour and then releasing the brakes completely thus allowing them to cool. Once the vehicle increases in speed 3 - 5 miles/hour brake again. Keep repeating this cycle. Also if you need to come to a sudden stop let the vehicle roll forward a foot or so after stopping to allow the pads to contact a different spot on the rotor. Do this several times as well. Stopping suddenly and keeping the brake pads in one spot can cause rotors to warp due to the excess heat.

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