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Tacoma Shake

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by nicnicman, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. Jul 1, 2011 at 3:32 PM
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    nicnicman

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    Maybe someone can help me with this. When I'm on the highway my truck rides smooth for the most part, but sometimes the truck shakes a little. I feel it mostly in the steering wheel, but it is also the whole truck. The weird thing is it only shakes at about 65 mph to 70 mph. Below 65 and above 70 it seems to ride smooth.

    Any suggestions as to what could be causing this?
     
  2. Jul 1, 2011 at 4:03 PM
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    rebalance your wheels and check your tie rods as well as your bushings. most likely a wheel is off balanced though.
     
  3. Jul 1, 2011 at 5:52 PM
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  5. Jul 1, 2011 at 10:40 PM
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    i also have the vibes at 65 to 70 mph when on freeway. alrady did balance on all 4 tires, now my rear tires are wearing out i gotta to rotate and re balance the tires again and replace the steering rack bushings.
     
  6. Jul 2, 2011 at 6:49 PM
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    Had the same thing pretty bad on new BF Goodrich Rugged Trail.

    I had owned the vehicle 5 months, it had new tires at purchase, and I driven on several trips. It just started out of the blue.

    Had it balanced/rotated and found a front pass. tire out of balance. Drove today, testing. Much better, but there does seem to be the very slightest vibration in the 65-70 range. Think it's better enough at this point.
     
  7. Jul 2, 2011 at 6:58 PM
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    I have the exact same issue 62mph to about 70, at 72 it goes away so I'm driving at either 58 or 72 to avoid it.

    Trucks going in for it's 10,000 mile service on Wednesday so I'm gonna have them take a look at it then. Will report back if they actually manage to fix anything.
     
  8. Jul 2, 2011 at 7:21 PM
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    Mine has the shimmy too. Found out mine is due to out of round tires.
     
  9. Jul 3, 2011 at 6:08 AM
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    The previous owner told me it was because of the tires, too. I was hoping it was something else; the tires have plenty of tread left so to replace them would be a waste.

    How can the tires be "out of round?"

    I'll probably get them balanced and rotated and see if that does anything.
     
  10. Jul 3, 2011 at 6:18 AM
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    if you dont drive the truck for extended periods of time, the weight of the truck can make a flat spot on the tire. when i was a kid, my dad stored his boat in the garage for months at a time and you could actually see a flat spot on the trailer tires when we rolled it out.

    but if you are driving the truck every day, i dont know how a flat spot could develop... unless they are crappy tires? :)
     
  11. Nov 23, 2014 at 7:44 PM
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    I've been having a very similar problem, my truck starts shaking between 80-100km/hr but only when accelerating slowly. If I accelerate straight through from a much lower speed I don't have any issues. The issue is more than just shaking, the engine almost feels like it stuttering or catching. Could this be the timing chain not the tires? Any help is appreciated.
     
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    Balance & rotate your tires maybe. Not too knowledgable on this subject but it sounds like that could maybe be the problem. Good luck!
     
  13. Nov 24, 2014 at 8:07 AM
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    Make sure they close eyeball the wheels themselves when balancing,,not just spinning it up and hammering on weights afterwards You could have one or more wheels with too much runout (out of round). It doesn't take much to create a hop at speed. Find the manager of the tire shop and have them put the best employee on it,,one that will take the time to check your wheels and tires like they were there own. Always a dynamic balance if you can, versus a static balance when you are fighting a possible out of balance wheel hop. If they can only static balance due to whatever reason,,then your at a disadvantage and it probably wont be able to be balanced out enough to remove the problem.

    If you off road pretty hard, you can bend a wheel even thought at first glance all is fine. You can have true double beadlock Champion wheels at $1000 per and they can be bent if the right conditions exist and are ignored.

    Heavy ply(More than 6) traction tires have a nasty habit of creating a hop at speed. You can get every wheel zeroed out(no extra balancing weight needed) on the tire balancer,,and they still hop sometimes. The nature of the beast sometimes with tires that are rated more for load versus speed.

    Heck I have a original OEM alum wheel that is slightly out of round and it runs on the right rear to get it as far from the driver as possible. It's livable for me,,and one has to remind himself that it is a truck. If I want a nice ride I would have a 2015 Caddy or something like that.
     
  14. Nov 24, 2014 at 8:13 AM
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    Every Tacoma I have owned has done this my 2010 and now my 2014 I just accepted that it is how this truck is.
     
  15. Nov 24, 2014 at 11:48 AM
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    lifted or 4wd trucks do this because of improperly aligned drive trains or because of oversized tires but it is not a problem with the 2wd trucks
     
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  16. Dec 6, 2014 at 7:20 AM
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    it is a problem with the two wheel drive trucks as mine used to do it. I just swapped my Bridgestone Allenza with smaller tires and my vibration is gone 100%.
     
  17. Dec 7, 2014 at 10:40 PM
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    Get used to it. If you have a Toyota truck, it's going to shake. It's because the wheels are lug centric and not hub centric. Therefore, you'll get that shake on occasion. Mine will do the same thing, but it eventually goes away after a couple of minutes. If I increase or decrease my highway speed (say, 70 to 80mph) the shake will come back but then smooth out. If I decelerate back to 70mph it does the same thing, but eventually smooths out. I also get a nice little up and down motion around 25-35mph, thanks to the amount of balancing weights on my tires, but it's something I can live with.

    You can try balancing them, but it still won't be perfect. Just make sure you tighten the lug nuts down in the proper star pattern. That's all you can really do.
     
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