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Has anyone had a front end shimmy after:

New Tires, new or inspected.for.wear front end?

I have. I narrowed down the problem and solution!

Please reply is this becomes valuable to you.

I am a do.it.yourselfer. so I replaced, with a shop press the four control arm bushings. Cost $40. No more shimmy. Pass this on.

If you are not a do.it.yourselfer and you feel a shimmy, do the following like I did:

Check rim trueness and replace.
Balance tires, making sure they do not have bad belts, etc.
Check/replace shocks, tie rod ends, ball joints, sway links, stabilizer bar busings.
Drive it. Is it better? Have you removed layers of problems you never new you had? Finally, if there is a shimmy in the front end, have the mechanic buy and replace your control arms, which each come with two new control arm busings, and a new ball joint.

The above works. I am happy to pass this solution on in hopes that someone will really benefit.

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Correction. This odyseey has only One control arm, with three fasteners. Ball joint nut, front control arm bushing bolt, rear control arm bushing bolt. I replaced these bushings, as the final parts replacement in my front suspension. I replaced these bushings on both the driver's and passenger's side.

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I have my limits in diagnosing problems. Yet, first, tire pressure should be your constant. Make sure your pressure is at Honda specs on your driver door. I have Harmonys and love them. 36 lbs all year. How are your lower ball joints? How is your alignment? Have you had a tech adjust it? A quality technician?
 

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Forgot one reminder. This is taken from another member.
Taking off the controls arms it a pretty easy. Remeber to torq the bolts when the full weight is back on the van.
This is important. When you do your work think carefully about why this is important. If you don't the rubber will/can rip and your work will have to be redone.
 
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