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Old 11-21-2008, 05:58 PM   #1
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1998 F53 Hurricane. The steering wheel shakes and feels like the front wheel are bouncing. It seems to keep going straight, but the steering column shakes. I just bought this, and I don't have a warm fuzzy about taking my family on a road trip. It has new tires. I may get them balanced. I looked at the tru track and air lift, but steering is ok, but ride sucks. Any suggestions?
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Old 11-21-2008, 05:58 PM   #2
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1998 F53 Hurricane. The steering wheel shakes and feels like the front wheel are bouncing. It seems to keep going straight, but the steering column shakes. I just bought this, and I don't have a warm fuzzy about taking my family on a road trip. It has new tires. I may get them balanced. I looked at the tru track and air lift, but steering is ok, but ride sucks. Any suggestions?
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Old 11-21-2008, 07:11 PM   #3
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Failed shocks will result in the tires bouncing on the road. The shocks function to dampen the springs, if they are not functioning properly the tires will actually bounce on the highway because there is no force to oppose the springs. If it were my coach and the tires were bouncing on the road I would replace the shocks (with the age of your coach I would actually replace all the shocks, front and rear). Indications of a bouncing tire / failed shocks is the tires will scallop and the steering wheel will shake.

just my $0.02
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:13 PM   #4
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Like js9315 my first suspect would be the shocks. Follow that up with making sure the air pressure in the tires is right according to you load.
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:37 PM   #5
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Have alignment checked 1/8" toe-in, get wheels balanced then install Koni FSD shocks on front, if you have the 19.5" tires, run 80psi if the 16.5" tires go with manufacturers recommended pressure. After taking those measures, you should realize a significant improvement in the ride and handling. Also if there's anyway you can get a bit more weight up front it will also help with the ride.

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Old 11-22-2008, 03:20 AM   #6
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thanks, The shocks appear brand new under there. But is will have the front end people check them. Also, check to see if there are Koni FSD. F...super DutY?
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Old 11-22-2008, 03:53 AM   #7
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by sucker:
thanks, The shocks appear brand new under there. But is will have the front end people check them. Also, check to see if there are Koni FSD. F...super DutY? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
I'm in agreement with the others who have said to check the shocks. Friends of ours had 2 shocks on their brand new motorhome that were bad right at the start. Just because they look new doesn't mean they are working properly. If they are new and if they are Konis, it would appear the previous owner was having a problem, too.

Balancing the tires would also be high on my list. When they balance the tires, have the tires and wheels checked for being out of round. This is easy to do when they are mounted on the spin balancer.

It will be important to correct the problem before you get too many miles on the tires. If the front end is bouncing, the front tires will wear unevenly and start to cup. Once that happens, you may have to replace the tires, too.

Best wishes in getting your problem solved; and when you do, let us know what the final solution was.
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Old 11-22-2008, 05:00 AM   #8
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I am going to check into the wheel centering problem. Known ford problem from 99 to 04. mine is a 98, but they manual says 99. Service bulletin say chassis made from Jan of 98 to dec of 04.


can I check the condition of the shocks myself?
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Wheel balance and shocks are the most obvious causes for this problem. Start with a wheel balance and alignment check and see how much, if any, problem remains before doing anything else.
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Old 11-23-2008, 05:43 AM   #10
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I read several post about good results with koni fsd. I am ordering them tomorrow and installing them myself. I will also taking it to a front end shop and have the balance, align and check everthing. 37,000, but, it is safe to say, boucing miles.
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sucker....Always have the wheels balanced first. It will be the cheapest repair and most likely the cause of your issues. Try to watch as they do it to make sure the tires are not out of round. You may also be running too much air. Make sure the air pressure matches the weight of your coach. It's inexpensive to weigh your coach, usually about $10.00. Once you find what the front end ways, go to the tire chart for your tire manufacturer and see what they tell you the inflation pressures should be. I wouldn't spend on anything else until you check these two things.
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If you are near the state line, DOT will probably weigh your coach for free at their truck weigh station. It doesn't cost anything to ask.

I had all of mine tires balanced with Equal. Smoothest ride I've ever had. I also have new tires all around and Koni shocks. I agree with Don, wheel balance first with setting the air pressure. You can always spend more money later.
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It usually doesn't take much to figure out if the bouncing is a ride quality issue or a tire issue.

If the tires don't bounce on very smooth roads, but do on slightly bumpy & worse roads, then the problem is a ride quality issue. If the shocks are really shot, then the slightest bump will set them bouncing.

OTOH, if the ride is smooth at 35 MPH but goes bad around 60, plus or minus and then smooths out again over 65, the problem is tire balance.

Naturally, it's easy for the problem to be both on a 10-year old coach.
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Old 11-29-2008, 11:55 AM   #14
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Well, I had the tire balance and trimmed. Then installed koni fsd. Wow, I is much queiter and smoother. It had new bilsteins, but they made a lot of bounce and racket.

Thanks all.
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