4th Gear Poster
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Bellefontaine, Ohio
Front end shakes
I just replaced on both sides on the front end of my '94 T-bird with the following new parts:
Moog upper & lower control arms with new Dana ball joints,
Ford Sport shocks with new Moog upper spring mounts and new Ford lower shock bolts,
Eibach lowering springs,
Moog camber bolt kit,
Moog strut rod bushings.
I had a local alignment shop align the front & rear. He was not too happy when I picked up the car. I guess when I put the new parts on I messed up everything & it took them a few hours to get everything correct. The car squaled the two blocks to their shop. I asked the alignment shop if they saw anything else that might need replaced & they said no, everything looked "good".
Well, the car now drives straight down the road, handles great compared to what it did before.
Problem: when I apply the brakes the front end has a slight shimmy/shake/vibration. If I let go of the steering wheel the wheel slightly moves back and forth about 1 or 2 degrees. You can also slightly feel the vibration in the wheel.
If I start the car and give it no gas, but allow the wheels to move about a foot down the driveway at a very slow rate & then mash on the brake I can hear a "Click". You can get it to "click" if moving forward or reverse. On the street with the car moving it is very hard to hear.
Well, I took the car back to the alignment shop, they said my "front brake rotors are out of true & need to be turned".
Does this sound right?
I want to replace the braking system with larger rotors & 2 piston calipers. I need to buy new wheels & tires so that they will clear the larger rotors & do not have the money right now.
Could the vibration be coming from the steering rack or tie rods?
I checked the sway bar & it looks good. I can not move it any direction by hand. The sway bar end links are also not movable. The steering rack end link on the left I can slightly rotate and with two hands I can get it to move slightly if I apply a lot of force.
Could the steer rack end links need replaced?
Could the vibration that only happens when I brake be something else?
I had a Taurus that started having a simular problem. I had to replace the "sub-frame" bushing that held the engine cradle/front end to the frame.
The Taurus was a front wheel drive so maybe my T-bird does not have "sub-frame" bushings or does it?
If so, where are they because I can not seem to be able to find them to check them?
Last edited by doug; 04-09-2005 at 12:22 PM.