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The Infamous Wobble or Vibration in Front End @ 60 mph

Discussion in '2nd Gen Tundras (2007-2013)' started by SoundSpot71, Jul 2, 2021.

  1. Jul 2, 2021 at 7:23 AM
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    SoundSpot71

    SoundSpot71 [OP] New Member

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    I guess I will go ahead and ask this question again. Everyone seems to have this issue with some saying different things about the repair for it, Tire Balancing, Front Hub Bearings, Front Struts and even the Torque Converter in the tranny.

    When I got this truck (2007 Double Cab 2WD 5.7L w/ 80K on the odometer) a couple of weeks ago it had mismatched tires on it so I dropped a set of Michelin Defenders on it but still have this wobble at 60. I only feel it in the steering wheel. Balance was double checked, so I don't think that's the issue as it did the exact same thing with the first set of tires.

    I have just seen this problem/question many times on here but no real fix. What gives?
     
  2. Jul 2, 2021 at 7:57 AM
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    I had that shimmy on my 07. I had the front end aligned, didn't go away. Then had it aligned by a quality front end alignment guy and it has never come back. Both times it was done at the dealer. Those "slap-on" type alignment checks that shops use are not very accurate.
     
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  3. Jul 2, 2021 at 7:58 AM
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    Danny3737

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    Bent wheel, worn steering rack, wheel bearings. Unfortunately, you just have to take one step at a time, starting with the cheapest and easiest fixes first. Mine turned out to be a bent rim and a very slightly warped rotor.
     
  4. Sep 17, 2021 at 11:31 AM
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    SoundSpot71

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    Since this original post, I opted to put Monroe Quik-Struts on the front and Unity shocks on the rear for $300 from CariD and this thing rides like a champ now. I have been working on vehicles for the better part of 35 years and I have never seen a vehicle drive the way this one did that actually needed struts and shocks.
     
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  5. Sep 17, 2021 at 11:34 AM
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    Green Thunder

    Green Thunder Never leave the ground with the motor leaking.

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    Thanks for reporting on your fix. Hopefully it will help someone in the future.
     
  6. Sep 25, 2021 at 9:35 PM
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    NueveTundra

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    man I was about to grab another beer an do a write up but saw you figure it out. :burp: glad you got it figure out.
    but a question of my own did your old struts and shocks have bad bushings , blown seals , worn front springs no longer holding spring rate or bad isolators? and did It show any of bouncy symptoms when doing a static bounce test?
     
  7. Sep 25, 2021 at 9:40 PM
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    Tundratoofun

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    the problem is that there is about eleventy gazillion things that could cause that and its just throwing money at it until ya figure it out.
     
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  8. Sep 26, 2021 at 1:45 AM
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    I wanted a faster vehicle so I also bought a Chevy SS... because 4 door sedans with big V8’s are hilarious.
    One easy “fix” a guy or gal can try is torquing the lug nuts to the exact ft-lb spec. We have hub centric wheels, and if the tire shop zips the lug nuts on with an air gun and calls it good you could have ever so slightly off kilter wheel to hub alignment. I had this issue with my last two sets of tires, and had the balance checked repeatedly with no improvement and alignment was always in spec.

    I had small shop do my latest set (albeit a different brand of tire) and asked them to use a torque wrench and torque to the spec in the owners manual. They obliged me, and the truck rides dead smooth without even a hint of wobble. Go figure. Maybe it was correct installation, maybe they did a much better job of balancing the tires? Either way wobble is gone.
     
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  9. Oct 6, 2021 at 4:37 PM
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    What are those torque specs?
     
  10. Oct 6, 2021 at 4:50 PM
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    I wanted a faster vehicle so I also bought a Chevy SS... because 4 door sedans with big V8’s are hilarious.
    It’s in the owners manual. If memory serves aluminum alloy wheels are 97lb-ft on the lug nuts.
     
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  11. Oct 6, 2021 at 5:54 PM
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    Aftermarket head unit with tailgaters aftermarket camera. Mostly stick with 20” BBS wheels (up for sale with new Falken tires)
    Thanks. Just picked up a 2011, without a manual.
     
  12. Oct 6, 2021 at 10:04 PM
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  13. Oct 6, 2021 at 10:49 PM
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    Mid travel fox 2.5 coilovers 2.0 real shocks shims 295 70 18 trail grapplers pro accessories 32in light bar blacked out bed cover sway bar Moto metal 970 18x9
    Air pressure solved mine 32 psi was the sweet spot
     
  14. Oct 7, 2021 at 5:58 AM
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    "knock on wood"...... '07 with 72,500 mi, new Bridgestone, P275 / 65R x18 Dueler H/T 685's, factory wheels, factory suspension, zero vibration, drives and rides as smoooooth..... as day one.
    In fact, this truck has NEVER had a problem or symptom, of any issue, ever discussed, or described on this forum. Yep - "knock on wood" :)
     
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