Dadillac Posted January 19, 2005 Report Share Posted January 19, 2005 My '02 Seville SLS has the infamous shimmy, between 60-75 mph. I have just had my tires road force balanced on a Hunter 9700 machine, without too much success. My car has 54,000 miles on it, and rides great otherwise. My question, is about my stock struts. Is it possible, that the struts are starting to fail, with 50+ k miles on it? If the strut, at resting height, develops a "dead" spot, in that area of the travel, wouldn't it cause a slight wheel hopping situation? That particular area in the struts travel, is the most used spot. Is it, that that area could wear out, but the rest of the travel still be working okay? if so, wouldn't it alos be safe to say, that hitting a slight dip or bump in the road, could cause, what feels like a vibration/shimmy, because the strut is worn in that spot? The reason this qestion comes up, is because, sometimes, when the vibration/shimmy is present, if the suspension travels even further, it stops momentarily. It then will return, once the car has settled back to ride height. I am no genius when it comes to struts, and do not fully understand, how they work. I know what they do, but not how the innards work. I am thinking that new struts may help, but, would like some feedback from folks who have good knowledge about struts. Thanks in advance. Don "Modern warriors saddle iron horses of chrome." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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