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Steering wheel shaking at low and high speeds...

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I am figuring the tires need to be balanced. I thought that this was only the case if the wheel shook at high speeds.
When I am getting on the highway ramp (for example) maybe going 20 or so and taking a soft turn, I feel the wheel pulse a little bit and I know that is not normal.

Is this just a balance? I have spent ALOT of money fixing this gem up, I don't want to keep spending if it won't fix the issue.

Lastly - probably not related, but for good measure: I will be replacing the brake pads it ok to balance first then do the brakes? I really don't think it matters in either order, but I just want to make sure.

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If the front or rear end bounces/vibrates, it's tire/wheel balance. If the steering wheel actually shakes that's more likely a bent wheel, tire runout from tread separation or wheel runout from deposits under the brake rotor and wheel mounting surfaces. MAYBE a severely worn rotor or pad deposits on the rotor face (rotors don't warp) or severely loose tie rod end(s).

Do the brakes first - including removing the calipers and thoroughly cleaning the hub, rotor, and wheel mounting surfaces - all 4 surfaces on all 4 corners. Then find a Hunter Road Force balancing machine. Google "hunter road force" for the locator.
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