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Old 04-29-2005, 09:04 AM
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Studebacker shake

I have a 1949 Studebacker Champion that has developed a severe wheel shake. It started out last fall like an out of balance tire and would only happen at about 55. This spring is happened after I make a turn on the steering wheel at almost any speed and the steering wheel starts to shake violently. I can be going straight and not have a problem and then when I make a little turn and it starts to shake. I have repacked the bearings but that did not seem to help. I can't find anything loose.

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Have you checked your tie rod ends and ball joints....either of them could do this.

Also, may be a bent wheel or out of balance tire.......or, a bad belt in the tire.
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Are the tires old?

Check for dry rotted tires.
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Alignment..??

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How about steering joints is it original streering or has it been upgraded, just a thought???? Other wise I would check your tires out if bias ply you may have one out a round, if radial there may be bad belts in one of your tires.
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The tires are older bias ply but have not given me any problems. They do get a flat spot but that goes away after a few miles. I will try rotating the tires and look for loose joints but so far I have not detected any. The left tire is wearing on the inside so that would be an alignment problem but it looks like it has been that way for a while. I don't understand the suddenness with which the problem came up. I have not put many miles on it since I parked it last fall. I did not even drive it after packing the bearings. I looked at the steering box and everything is ok. I was trying to adjust the end play at the box last fall to try to fix the shaking.
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This is a common problem. It is caused by an accumulation of wear in the steering. it can be cured by installing a steering dampner on the tierod to the frame like the 70-80 chev fwd pickups. Your local parts store will have a kit to do this.
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I changed tires to radials and the steering problem has disappeared. It handles so much better than before it is like driving a different car. I think the old tires were about to separate. The steering is still loose but I thing I can adjust that out.
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