wheel alignment or wheel balance?


Old 10-22-02, 11:08 PM
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wheel alignment or wheel balance?

My 1997 Ford Explorer, 72.5K, noticeably shakes a bit between 60 - 65 mph. What does it need? wheel alignment or balance? Thanks.
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Old 10-23-02, 02:24 AM
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Is it the front end that's shaking or the steering wheel? If it's the wheel I'd say to try a spin balance your tires first. And if that dosen't take care of it then get your alignment checked, some shops will check it free.
Old 10-23-02, 06:52 AM
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what does the shake feel like?

steering wheel shake usually indicates front balance problem

floor or seat shake usually indicates rear balance problem

other posibilities include bad u-joint or out of balance driveshaft

alignment issues rarely cause shake.
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