I have a problem with a Chrysler LHS (1997)?

The front end of the car is vibrating back and forth really hard. We thought we might of had a flat tire, but we didn't. It does it on and off, not continuously. What would cause this?

Update:

It actually only vibrates at slower speeds. I can drive it on the highway at 70-80 with no problems.

Update 2:

Well, I took it in today to a tire shop, and they said the front tires were worn, which could cause the problem. I just spent $168 on two tires and rebalancing and guess what....still having the problem. I am definetely not a rich person, and now I am afraid it will be a problem with the tie rods. Does anyone know how much it costs to fix the steering block problem, and where this is located in the engine?

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  • Mark B
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
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    Inner tie rod ends on the steering rack need replaced.

    What happens is they have a bushing inside a round hole where it mounts to the rack and pinion, that bushing has worn out and is probably completely gone. Only thing holding them in place is the metal. You can get just the bushings, but I'd recommend getting the complete inner tie rods replaced.

    You should be able to drive up to about 25 mph without it doing this, but anything over that it'll start vibrating enough to knock fillings loose when you hit a bump or something. I'd recommend only doing this to get it to the repair shop.

    PLEASE get it fixed ASAP for your own safety!!

    ***I've never tried to take one on the highway at speeds that high. The ones I've driven with bad inner tie rods would start maybe as low as 10 or 15, probably closer to 20 to 25. I've never tried going much beyond that point.

    Does it do it as soon as you start driving, or when you reach a certain speed?

    The inner tie rods are the most common vibration complaint on these cars. Definitely take it to either the dealer or your local trusted repair shop and have it checked out.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Several things it could be... First it could be the alignment of the front end. This would be cured by a trip to an alignment shop. By chance are your front tires beveled to one side? Another possible cause could be worn tie rods or something else in the steering system.

    Finally, it could be a tire with a lump in it. Perhaps a broken steel belt making the car shake...

    My guess would be in alignment, and get the tires re-balanced.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The rubber bushings in the steering linkage are certainly a common problem. Mark rocks. Another possible cause is a tire that's not round. Out of balance tires seem to limit their problems to 45-55 mph. Square tires, when balanced, are more noticable at really low speeds.

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  • 1 decade ago

    YOu need to have your vehicle inspected at a certified dealer or repair facility with good technicians.

    Your described problem could be what Mark stated, but peoples descriptions of things vary greatly. If you say "back and forth vary hard" could feel like hardly anything to someone else.

    so.. the problem could be

    with that said, your tire(s) could be out of round (vehicle has steering/suspension issue causing this... and then causing the vibration) or it could be a bad rack and pinion assy. which ive seen on LHS's with this same problem.

    BOTTOM LINE

    get it inspected

    Source(s): chrysler jeep automotive tech.. ase.. state cert.. degree
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  • 1 decade ago

    i own a shop,and you may need to check the wheels for balance,i have a dodge stratus that does this ,and it keeps slinging weight,s off the front wheels for some reason,about every 3 months i loose my wheel weights and this causes it to do this sometimes,also have the front end inspected on it,there may be something getting worn ,that needs to be replaced,im not going to tell you anything specific,because there's too many things in the front end that will cause this to happen,good luck with it ,i hope this helps.

    Source(s): been a certified mechanic for 36 yrs.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No one mentioned struts. I wouldn't advise any more 80 MPH runs until resolved.

    Low speed wobble and bad wobble after bump could mean excessive bump steer from uncontrolled suspension travel. Seen it on these before.

    ASE Cert tech 30 years

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  • 1 decade ago

    The other one is ball joint which would cause this to happen also.. mine does this and it needs ball joint and radius arm bushings, which is the bushing mark said. if it needs ball joint then it would also vibrate at lower speeds. if it does this at lower and higher. then u need both

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  • 1 decade ago

    way to go mark HE IS CORRECT 100%

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  • 1 decade ago

    when braking? Needs brakes.

    when accelerating? Need tire rebalance.

    More info please.

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