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Old 05-11-2003, 09:52 PM   #1
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Thumbs Up Wheel shimmy fix, FINALLY!!!!

Well some of you may remember back when I first installed my aftermarket wheels I had this weird wheel shimmy from the brakes under hard braking. After countless times of removing the wheels and checking everything, rotating them, re-torqueing , etc. etc. etc. today I decided to get to the bottom of the issue. In the past after removing the wheels and re-installing them the shimmy would almost completely go away for a short while but then it would come back.

So today I removed the fronts and took a close look at all the mating surfaces and found that two of the bosses on the wheel we not really making 100% contact with the disc (rotor). Upon closer inspection I found that the rotor retaining nuts (little pal nuts) were just to thick to work with the aftermarket wheels. The OEM wheel are recessed enough for clearance but these little guys were keeping the wheel from completely bolting up flush.

I removed them all and re-installed the wheels and what do ya know, I got my Mercedes like ride back!!! So if you install aftermarket wheel this is something you should keep an eye out for if you end up with bad vibrations.

This is what the little bas_tards look like.




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Old 05-11-2003, 10:45 PM   #2
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That is really ironic. I had the same exact problem just a few weeks ago, after I installed after market rims. The mechanic fixed it last week, but I have not had a chance to talk with him yet. Probably the same solution. Now I am just waiting on parts for the VTI transmission. The dealership has had my VUE for three weeks, but they did give me a loaner, so I am happy. Thanks for the input.

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Old 05-12-2003, 05:30 AM   #3
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And it's safe to take those little things off?
Most car manufacturers being the cost cutting wizards they are don't put unnecessary items on a vehicle.

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Old 05-12-2003, 12:39 PM   #4
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Yes they are just retaining devices to hold the drum or disc on when you remove the wheel. Speaking of cost cutting, normally insted of a .02 cent push on pal nut there is a countersunk screw used as retainers. Saturn!?!?! One cheesy company!!

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Old 05-12-2003, 12:41 PM   #5
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Oh and I am happy to report the ride to work this morning was as smooth as glass, even slowing down from 80 mph downhill was smoother than its has been....ever!

We are happy brakers now.

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Old 05-13-2003, 11:13 AM   #6
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I had aftermarket rims put on also and noticed the brakes acting funny at high speed braking, kinda makes the wheel shake. If I take this back to my dealer will they take those off for me or would they not recomend that?

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Old 05-13-2003, 11:34 AM   #7
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I am not sure the dealer will take them off. They are NOT a safety device though so any tire shop should remove them for you. I can promise you they are the problem!! Just this morning I noticed how much better the ride is at 80 mph. Its much quieter (no road noise) and no shaking AT ALL. Even braking at high speeds is as smooth as butter.

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not that I don't trust you as you seem to know what your talking about, but does anybody else see a problem with taking these things off

also is there 2 per wheel or 1 and is it only the front wheels? easy to do?

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There are 2 per wheel, front and back for a total of 8. They screw off the lugs. You may have to use a small punch to get them started then just unscrew them with your fingers.

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those little clips are on there so the drums and rotors cant fall off or get cocked during assembley. any time aftermarket wheels are installed, these should be removed. every box that i have opened had 'installation instructions' and they state in black and white to remove these clips.

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Bump for the info, she still as smooth as my girlfriend's gl-ass of wine.

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