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Old 08-26-2011, 04:32 AM   #1
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right front tire bouncing like tennis ball

while going down the road I can hear my right front tire bouncing like a tennis ball--very arrackly---very annoying to a driver---so far I changed to bilstien shocks and had the front end aligned----any sugestions will be apprecated

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Tire may be out of round or have a flat spot on it. Some of the big rig truck centers can "true" the tire. Hope this helps you out.
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I would think that if your front wheel was bouncing, and I am assuming from your avatar that this is a pickup truck, that you would be feeling it in the steering wheel. Have you had someone follow you to look at what is actually happening? Have you taken it to the dealer to have them inspect it? If the only symptom is that you are hearing it could be something else entirely, i.e. loose component bouncing around?
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:40 AM   #4
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I would have to think that the tire needs balancing. As mentioned a truck center should be able to address that problem. You may want them to check the rim as well.
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Just an add-on to My message!!!! I have moved the tires from rear up to front and problem continuies!!!!! also I have self balancing beads Problem is on my motorhome
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Check your front wheel bearings.
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How do you know it is bouncing? You should have a qualified mechanic look at it. Could just be an upper shock bushing bad,
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Thanks Mike for the quick reply---it did it when I had another tire on and since then I had the wheel bearings repacked and new shocks put on--no differance!!!
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You need to get a better handle on where the problem is. My first troubleshooting idea would be to swap the wheel and tire with one of the rears to see if the problem moves. It could be a suspension problem or it could be a bad rim.
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So far, you have eliminated the tire and wheel by swapping them without a difference. Same for shocks, wheel bearing and alignment. I am assuming that you have a RR8 chassis. At this point, you should look for something in the chassis. The front axle is mounted on a subframe that is located by some arms. Perhaps something is broken in that system. If everything is fine, I would have the alignment rechecked. Toe-in and caster problems would yield "shimmy" which would be side to side motion rather than an up/down motion. It might help to have someone drive along side when the problem occurs to more accurately describe the motion.

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