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Front-end shimmy

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My TC has developed a shimmy in the right front wheel I assumed it was the CV joint going bad and starting to lock up although the CV joint does pop a little bit when making turns Jimmy it's too severe to be a CV joint I'm thinking maybe it's a bad ball joint

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If the CV joint is going clack on a turn it is time to either replace it or remove, clean out (it will likely be full of dirt coz the boot has split), add new grease and new boot and refit. I have been there. The end play was excessive and it was clacking, but this made the noise go away. Really should have been replaced but I was a poor student at the time.

 

Shimmy: might it mean there is excessive play in the steering or suspension? Tie rod ends, drag link ends and so on? Incorrect steering geometry (esp. castor)?

 

Here is a previous discussion.

 

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What is TC    Town & Country Chrysler ?  Do a search on 'Death Wobble'  it will give you hours of reading.

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I'm guessing "TC" is a Chrysler TC by Maserati. 

 

To the OP:  why do you "assume" it's a CV joint?  The CV joint is probably the least likely part to cause that.  Far more likely are ball joints, bushings, hub bearings, tie rod ends, or steering rack.  Why guess?  Check the front end and steering for wear.

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Your terminology is both confusing and worrying...

Shimmy is a term generally used in describing front wheel vibration (generally quite pronounced) at speed on straight driving, anywhere from low speeds to 50-60...

Your clacking on turns, presumably on low speed city street turns, is classic CV joint wear, or, as mentioned above but unfortunately less common,  contamination by dirt/debris...

If what you're calling shimmy is a feeling the front wheels aren't tracking smoothly in low speed city street turns, that's sometimes described as  wheel or tire  squirm,,,

If you have the feeling of something "locking up",an actual sense of deceleration/slowing instances, that generally means pieces of something are rattling around where they shouldn't be--- get it into a shop PDQ, before a locked wheel pulls you into the opposite lane. with unfortunate, possibly fatal, consequences......

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At first I thought it was MG TC, but then saw something about CV joint.  Isn't that a controlled substance?

Terry

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On ‎4‎/‎13‎/‎2017 at 0:57 AM, Tks said:

My TC has developed a shimmy in the right front wheel I assumed it was the CV joint going bad and starting to lock up although the CV joint does pop a little bit when making turns Jimmy it's too severe to be a CV joint I'm thinking maybe it's a bad ball joint

 

When a CV joint starts going bad they click when turning, popping is something a bit more serious add in shimmy and it's time to jack that wheel up off the ground and find out if it's getting ready to fly off the car.

First things first is check your lug nuts. Make sure that wheel is bolted on tight and that your wheel bearing isn't flopping top to bottom and your steering isn't slopping side to side. After you've done that you can put your pry bar to the control arm to check your ball joint and bushings. The car is old enough that you could be due for CV joints, if it hasn't been done you probably need new bushings and maybe even ball joints, but I doubt that is the cause of this problem. 

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Check the balance of the tires, Could be something as simple a s thrown weight.

If it does it while braking you probably have a warped rotor or drum.

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