I bought a 99 Grand Caravan from a dealer about 6 months ago when
the van had 58k miles. I didn't think much of it at the time but there
was a slight shimmy that seemed to be coming from the front, especially
at low speeds. The van now has 70k miles and the shimmy has gotten
worse. I was told there was a service bulitin that pertains to this
How can I access the service bulitin? What can be causing this? I've got
a long way to go to pay off the financing for this van. Any help would
be appreciated- I can't afford to be at the mercy of the dealer's mechanics
by not investigating the problem myself first.
The first thing I would do is rotate the front tires to the rear, and the
rears up to the front. If the tire belts are getting bad it can sometimes
cause the steering to shimmy at low speeds. Rotating doesn't cost anything
if you do it yourself, and is a quick way to eliminate the tires being the
cause. We had the same problem on our 99 Grand Voyager recently and a new
set of tires up front solved it.
Thanks for the reply- I'll try that this weekend.(It's still snowy here in
I'd still like to know how to get a look at that service bulitin. The shimmy
seems to get more pronounced during decleration and light throttle in 3rd
gear. I used to have a link to an automotive chain that allowed you to look
up service bulitins but I can't find the link
Thanks for the help
Carry on, Caravans
You originally said it happens at "low speed" which I interpreted as being
in first gear. If it happens at higher speeds (3rd gear) it's not as likely
to be bad belts in the tires. Maybe bad CV joints, bad mounts, etc.
Finding the TSB index for free is fairly easy. Getting a detailed summary
usually requires a subscription:
My 94 vibrates bad about 41 MPH only on acceleration.
Replaced both front tires and had new ones balaced, new front wheel
bearings and hubs, new front brakes and rotors, all 3 engine tranny
mounts replaced, rebuilt 1/2 shafts with CV joints.
Shimmy is still there perhaps getting a bit worse, if anyone has any
ideas I am all ears.
Short on cash I talked to a local tranny shop they will look at it but
sound as mystified as I am. 94 caravan with 3.0 about 100K miles
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