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hey guys i was on a trip a couple of weeks ago , actually i drove the same roads twice in a week, at 70 mph i hit a place in road crossing a bridge and the whole front end began to shimmy. i had to pull off the road. the next week same thing, same place. its the only time i've ever had this happen. just this one place on I-85 in SC. what do you think the problem could be?
 

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It MIGHT be the bridge itself. We have a bridge on the 14 fwy here and when you go over it, it feels like your car is bucking like a bronco. In both directions. The car feels like you are crossing the wake of a big and fast boat. Up and down, up and down. It's a long bridge too, like 500 feet wide.

Do you notice if other cars do the same thing? On my bridge they all do. You see in front of you a wave of bucking cars.

Just the same, take your car in and have the front suspension checked. Just to be safe.
 

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Used to happen to me when I hit 75 in my 81 SD. Corrected itself when I bought new tires... I guess they were out of balance.

Years ago in a different non-MB car I used to own, I hadn't tightened the lug nuts enough after my first brake job... yeah yeah I know but that happened at 15 MPH.
 

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The steering shock is supposed to minimize that. Maybe yours is bad. I replaced mine at about 100K for that reason with significant results. Notice any unusal tire wear? Could be loose suspension joints also.
 

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this bridge was very short maybe 50 feet. and the car continued to shake long after i had crossed it.i jacked it up today and i could move the right front wheel a little to the left and right and noticed that what looks like a tie rod end, next to the steering pitman arm, would wiggle just a hair. the steering shock also looked ancient. think i'll start here. thanks for your input.
 

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Doesn't sound good so it's time for you to have someone look over your suspension parts. You may need various parts replaced.
 
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