my 2004 Ford windstar started to have a bad shimmy in the front end
when I accelerate the steering wheel shakes very bad. The van seems
to pull to both sides but mostly to the right if anybody might haves
some ideas or has had the same problems pleas write back
On Thu, 14 Feb 2008 19:27:57 -0800 (PST),
The symptoms you describe are those of one or more bad CV
joint(s). Torque steer is what you feel when it pulls both
ways depending on power delivery. Some of this is normal in
FWD vehicles. It may increase because of worn suspension
parts. One of the most common wear points is the inner
tierod sockets. It sounds as if you really need to have
your vehicle checked by a competent professional to
determine the repairs needed and the best way to do it. If
the CV joints are bad, the most cost efficient repair is
replacement of the complete axle assembly with a reman unit.
Your vehicle has two axle assemblies. Replacement of the
axles will probably cost you $3-600 bucks depending on where
you are and the shop. If you have worn inner tierod
sockets, your best option is usually a complete reman
steering rack - not a short rack, a long rack as it may be
called which comes complete with both new tierod assemblies.
If one side is worn, the other is not usually far behind.
The right side usually fails first in my part of the world.
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