Re: [MV] M38A1 front end shimmy?
Thu, 21 Oct 1999 08:18:21 -0400 (EDT)

Mark, How much play do you have in your steering wheel? If you have more than an inch, you should start looking at your steering components. When I bought my jeep it had about 6 inches of play and was not safe to drive. The bellcrank needle bearings had turned to powder, replacing the beaings got the play down to 3". Still too much. I then rebuilt the steering box and got the play under an inch. Tie rod ends and king pin bearings are also suspect. Loose wheel bearings can also cause a shimmy.

Dave Fillman
45 MB

---- you wrote:
> New coil and condensor put me back in business. A couple of adjustments to
> the carb and all was running well. But ......
> On a loop around the block, I slowed the jeep coming uphill to a stop sign.
> As I was in the 15 mph range (and slowing) a reasonably violent shimmy
> started in the front running gear. Assuming this isn't normal, what causes
> this, and how can I correct it?
> Wheels are civilian 15" and tires are less than stellar. Front end has not
> been professionally aligned, just eyeballed as close as I could get it.
> As always, your input is valued and appreciated.
> Mark McKee
> '52 M38A1

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