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    All solvable problems & nothing dangerous. Why they say steering column is beyond me without checking the frt suspension out. You may have worn parts and be in need of tire balance, time for second opinion. When they do say they find a problem make them show you what they find... That way you can learn and verify the problem
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    Re: Outcome of dealer service visit today re: steering wheel shake

    Thanks everyone, I'm feeling much better. At least I know as a starting point that I don't have to get rid of the car, that these issues are resolvable. I don't have lots of money but want it to be as perfect as possible, realizing of course that it's 10 years old with lots of miles. And yes I agree it should go for another 100K miles.
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    Re: Outcome of dealer service visit today re: steering wheel shake

    Are you able to do any work on it yourself?
    If you are I would first rotate the tires front to rear. You will be able to see for yourself what shape the entire wheel is in, and rule out the tire as a source of the shake in the front. While it is up on jack you can grab the wheel at 3 and 9 o-clock and try to jiggle each one side to side and see if you can make it move and possibly make a noise. If you hear a noise, have a friend wiggle the tire and go under and see if you can find what part is making the noise, or is loose/moving. If you don't know what part it is, post a photo for us to identify.

    At some point if you own an old car, you have to start working on it yourself. If physically able. Otherwise it will cost you a fortune. No one here was born with the ability to do this work, we all learned by trial and error and with the help of friends. The people here can walk you through anything if you are willing and able.
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    Quote Originally Posted by talismandave View Post
    Are you able to do any work on it yourself?
    If you are I would first rotate the tires front to rear. You will be able to see for yourself what shape the entire wheel is in, and rule out the tire as a source of the shake in the front. While it is up on jack you can grab the wheel at 3 and 9 o-clock and try to jiggle each one side to side and see if you can make it move and possibly make a noise. If you hear a noise, have a friend wiggle the tire and go under and see if you can find what part is making the noise, or is loose/moving. If you don't know what part it is, post a photo for us to identify.

    At some point if you own an old car, you have to start working on it yourself. If physically able. Otherwise it will cost you a fortune. No one here was born with the ability to do this work, we all learned by trial and error and with the help of friends. The people here can walk you through anything if you are willing and able.
    Unfortunately I haven't the space, the tools or the skills to do this. Now I'm depressed again.
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    Chin up, half my life repairs were curb side/parking lot with a floor jack that I carried in the house or chucked in the trunk. I've used the factory jack to check stuff also, just don't crawl under it without jack stands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodnok01 View Post
    Chin up, half my life repairs were curb side/parking lot with a floor jack that I carried in the house or chucked in the trunk. I've used the factory jack to check stuff also, just don't crawl under it without jack stands.
    Thanks for being decent and going easy on me. Many others aren't as kind around here! I'll figure it all out soon. Thanks for the moral support.
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    Another shop will probably take on repairing your vehicle with no complaints. I just replaced one strut on my 04' Deville and the loud clunk on bumps from that corner is gone.
    The shimmy at speed could be something as simple as a wheel weight coming unglued and flying off.
    I bet any shop that is good with GM vehicles could fix your Seville. Most of the suspension parts on my Deville cross over into other GM vehicles probably the same goes for your vehicle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.electric View Post
    Another shop will probably take on repairing your vehicle with no complaints. I just replaced one strut on my 04' Deville and the loud clunk on bumps from that corner is gone.
    The shimmy at speed could be something as simple as a wheel weight coming unglued and flying off.
    I bet any shop that is good with GM vehicles could fix your Seville. Most of the suspension parts on my Deville cross over into other GM vehicles probably the same goes for your vehicle.
    That's so great to hear. Curious, though, how much did the strut set you back? Did you do it yourself? It sounds like you think it may not be necessary to go to a GM dealer but just someone with good Cadillac/GM experience. Film at 11.

    Thank you!!!!!!
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    Your struts are NOT cheap. F55 MagnaRide dampers are not available from the after market, and there is no work around for installing passive ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MoistCabbage View Post
    Your struts are NOT cheap. F55 MagnaRide dampers are not available from the after market, and there is no work around for installing passive ones.
    Can a non dealer get and install these or is it best to go to the horse's mouth? (presuming that's the problem of course)
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    Yes, but they're not the problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MoistCabbage View Post
    Yes, but they're not the problem.
    Ok I'll check it out during the week.
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    You are going to pay a premium at the dealer for labor, prob parts will be similar but can carry greatly from shop to shop regardless of dealer/noon dealer.
    Something like shock/struts is pretty hard to dork up so most shops can do. Even basic suspension work/steering system is basic on these. Electronics and engine repair is where shops unless they have experience with Cadillacs can be troublesome
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodnok01 View Post
    You are going to pay a premium at the dealer for labor, prob parts will be similar but can carry greatly from shop to shop regardless of dealer/noon dealer.
    Something like shock/struts is pretty hard to dork up so most shops can do. Even basic suspension work/steering system is basic on these. Electronics and engine repair is where shops unless they have experience with Cadillacs can be troublesome
    I need someone like you to go with me so I don't get ripped off........again.
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    Re: Outcome of dealer service visit today re: steering wheel shake

    did anyone think of a simple alignment would solve the steering wheel shake
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